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Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease
The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the emergence of a new model of chronic disease - diagnosed on the basis of numerical deviations rather than symptoms and treated on a preventive basis before any overt signs of illness develop - that arose in concert with a set of safe, effective, and highly marketable prescription drugs. In Prescribing by Numbers, physic ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published 2006)
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My son wrote this book, so of course it is one of my favorites. IF you're interested in what the pharmaceutical companies are up to in their ability to convince intelligent physicians that a significant portion of the population need their drugs, even though they have no definable disease with no symptoms, then check it out. The reviews by MD's on the Amazon website are probably better indicators of what's in the book.
Apr 14, 2013 Michael Burnam-fink rated it 5 of 5 stars
The definitive book on the development of drugs for chronic diseases and the creation of the modern pharmaceutical industry. Greene avoids rhetoric and rage to use deep archival researching showing the simultaneous development of new drugs, and new "pre-diseases" defined by numerical risk factors rather than symptoms.