Purchase A Researchers Book

 A number of the  Ingham Institute's award-winning researchers have published books about their impressive work and achievements.

These include:

'Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo' by Professor Ian Harris AM: Ingham Institute Injury Stream Leader and Orthopaedic Surgeon



For many complaints and conditions, the benefits from surgery are lower, and the risks higher, than you or your surgeon think. In this book you will see how commonly performed operations can be found to be useless or even harmful when properly evaluated. That these claims come from an experienced, practising orthopaedic surgeon who performs many of these operations himself, makes the unsettling argument particularly compelling. 

Of course no surgeon is recommending invasive surgery in bad faith, but Ian Harris argues that the evidence for the success for many common operations, including knee arthroscopies, back fusion or cardiac stenting, become current accepted practice without full examination of the evidence. The placebo effect may be real, but is it worth the recovery time, expense and discomfort? 

'Vital Signs' by Professor Ken Hillman AO: Ingham Institute Simpson Centre for Health Research Group Leader 

This gripping collection of stories about the experiences of intensive care patients, their families and carers, is about ordinary people facing terrible tragedies and the ways they cope with them. Professor Ken Hillman, an experienced intensive care clinician, takes the reader on a journey inside an intensive care unit and reveals to the public what really happens inside ICU. The book traces the personal experiences of ICU patients and their families and the struggles of staff providing care in this critical environment. It also offers a searing critique of the way modern healthcare can fail those in greatest need.

Click here to purchase our Medical Research books.

100% of funds raised from all book sales will support medical research at the Ingham Institute.