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This searing indictment, David Healy's most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many anti-depressants, attributes our current st ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by University of California Press (first published February 4th 2012)
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A scathing indictment of the pharmaceutical industry. Diseases are created to sell drugs which have little positive effect on the condition and often have many harmful side effects. Doctors are forced to follow treatment guidelines which mandate the use of the newest blockbuster drugs even though pharmaceutical companies refuse to release the raw data from their studies and routinely manipulate what they do release to claim better results than the drug is actually producing and hiding serious s
David Healy has written a powerful inditement of the current relationship between the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory bodies and medical practice. The book gives a historical overview of the relationships between pharmacological innovation, medicine and the impact on disease and wellbeing. Where pharmaceuticals (such as antibiotics and insulin) initially made great headway in curing disease and markedly improve wellbeing, there has been a change since about the 1960s. The introduction of pat ...more
An excellent account of the perfidy of the pharmaceutical industry, by a true insider. The author, David Healy, is an MD and perhaps surprisingly is harder on MDs than other authors who see them as mere puppets of the pharmaceutical industry. He even postulates the end of laws regarding prescribing drugs, because doctors are not performing their responsibility to protect consumers from the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs, rather they are encouraging them to keep taking drugs despite the side eff ...more
This is a good book to read if you are an American, and you have any prescription drugs to pick up at Walgreens today. If the Prozac doesn't make you kill yourself, this book will. Do you suspect our government is owned outright by corporations: Defense/weapons, Financial/banking, Big Pharmaceutical? It is. That we will never get universal health care in this country? That your doctor is a paid salesman for Pharmaceuticals? That all clinical trials are run by the drug manufacturer themselves, wh ...more
To read my review in Spanish; click here: reckless drug dealers are everywhere. They have penetrated the most sacred places; including the doctor's office; corrupting the majority of those we rely upon to keep ourselves out of trouble. There are big news: those same doctors are trying to turn us into profitable adicts; that will be hooked to the pharmaceutical's products for life. God forbid if we get addicted to one of those so much legal painkillers; an ...more
You will never view your annual checkup in quite the same way once Dr. Healy has taken you through the business of medicine as built by pharmaceutical companies. From cholesterol testing to concealing data from clinical trials to ghostwriting and the shocking work that is done to cover the true hazards of prescription drugs, Dr. Healy will take you on his journey of discovery and rude awakenings. Learn how Elliot Spitzer took on big pharma (before he fell from grace) to come to what we now know ...more

This EXCELLENT book could be an object study in the law of unintended consequences, on a meta level. More closely, Dr. Healy ties together a number of threads relating to medicine, big pharma, statistics, and medical journals. To the threads, Dr. Healy adds mountains of evidence. WHile very well researched, this book is so wonderfully written that you don't even realize you are reading an academic calibre work. Essentially, everything you thought you knew was rotten in Western-style medicine is
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Everyone should read this...not so that you can avoid prescription drugs but so that you can be an informed consumer and perhaps even be more informed and cautious than your doctor.
Jay Schamberg
A fresh perspective of the influence of big pharma on the practice of medicine. Strangely, little publicized or talked about.
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David Healy is a former secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and author of over 120 articles and 12 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology.
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