Many patients can relate to a doctor visit where they leave with a prescription to mask the pain, but no real solution to the problem at hand. In their new book, Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD outline and examine a more beneficial way to diagnose and treat chronic disease.
“The Origin of Disease: The War Within” by Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD provides a comprehensive view of the causes of chronic disease. It offers a new vision for medical care where doctors abandon symptom diagnosis in exchange for an in-depth look at all parts of the whole to diagnose root causes.
Carolyn Merchant, JD, an AV-5 rated attorney, passionately represented hundreds of patients who were injured by refractive eye surgery or involved with ophthalmology or optometry malpractice and learned the value of taking a step back to view a case from the whole perspective rather than the surface issue. Her curiosity and desire for justice paired well with Christopher Merchant, MD, who’s ancestry of social revolutionaries destined him to question, analyze, and rebel against the status quo. As a medical student, he spoke out against the dean and fought for the importance of re-thinking diagnoses and treatment of chronic disease.
Together, Carolyn and Christopher draw knowledge across medical specialties and cases, including gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and lung, neurologic, cancer, autoimmune, eye disease and psychiatry. They provide examples of instances where diagnosing the root cause benefitted the patient, or where diagnosing more than the symptoms could have created a better patient outcome.
“The Origin of Disease: The War Within”
By Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD
Genre: Medical Books
Paperback: 614 pages
About the authors
Christopher Merchant, MD, trained at the University of Virginia Medical School, and completed his residency in family practice at the University of New Mexico. He has been a practicing family physician in New Mexico for over 40 years. Carolyn Merchant, JD, worked as a pharmaceutical representative, before attending the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has been a practicing attorney for 35 years. She specialized in eye-related litigation and achieved the highest rating of AV-5 from peers and judges.
The authors’ unique combined experience and knowledge in family medicine and law gave them a broader view of chronic disease that occurs in any one specialty.