Poet, philosopher, novelist and physician, Professor Raymond Tallis is one of the world's foremost thinkers. In this book, for the first time, he brings together his diverse intellectual interests to address profoundly important questions about our well-being. Blending philosophy, polemic, and a lifetime's careful thought, Tallis presents a brilliant analysis of modern medicine, Hippocratic Oaths examines unflinchingly the disjunction between the health care we believe we are entitled to, and the difficult realities of what is possible. In this series of fiercely stimulating and impassioned arguments Tallis looks at the truth behind recent public health scares; why we continue to treat our bodies as machines, somehow separate from what makes us ourselves; and why the exploding popularity of alternative therapies is bad for doctors and patients alike. Hippocratic Oaths is the summation of a lifetime's thought and medical practice, by one of the most singular luminaries in the British scientific firmament.
RAYMOND TALLIS was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester until 2006. A poet, novelist and philosopher, he was listed by the Independent in 2007 as one of fifty 'Brains of Britain'. In 2005 Prospect magazine named him one of Britain's top 100 Public Intellectuals. Tallis was also elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his research in clinical neuroscience, and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Manchester and Hull for his work in philosophy. The Raymond Tallis Reader was published in 2000 by Palgrave Macmillan and his most recent work, Hippocratic Oaths, was published in 2004 by Atlantic Books.