We hear a lot today that the healthcare system is broken and that we have become a nation of “doctor shoppers” who believe that more care, more scans and more drugs means better care. How did we get this way and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we will look at the history of the patient –doctor relationships and how it has evolved. We talk with NANCY TOMES, professor of history at Stony Brook University about her revealing history: REMAKING THE AMERICAN PATIENT: HOW MADISON AVENUE AND MODERN MEDICINE TURNED PATIENTS INTO CONSUMERS.
Tonight’s guest is KEN ONO. He is the Asa Griggs Chandler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and a Fellow of the Mathematical Society. His parents were first generation Japanese emigrants to the United States at a time when there was tremendous racism expressed to the Japanese. His father was a brilliant mathematician and it was expected that Ken would follow in his footsteps. But he struggled to find himself for many years until he became inspired by one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Ken Ono’s book is titled MY SEARCH FOR RAMANUJAN: HOW I LEARNED TO COUNT written with Amir D. Aczel.