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Deadly Medicine: Why Tens of Thousands of Heart Patients Died in America's Worst Drug Disaster Hardcover – March 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0684804170 ISBN-10: 0684804174 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684804174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684804170
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Important -- everyone should read it.
Jerome Hoffman
The author erroneously describes RA Fisher as an American Genius which would irritate the very English (& later Australian) Cambridge professor of Genetics!
Happy Husband!
There are SAFE natural alternatives not just for heart disease but for virtually every one of the major diseases today!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Don.Benjamin@tip.csiro.au on December 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Ralph Moss wrote an excellent review of this book in the Spring 1997 edition of the Cancer Chronicles. I am writing only to put his review into context. There have been many books written describing the shortcomings of medicine, particularly those questioning claims of the efficacy of medical intervention. These include Robert Mendelsohn's Confessions of A Medical Heretic; Richard Taylor's Medicine out of Control; Ivan Illich's Medical Nemesis; the New Medical Foundation's Dissent in Medicine; Samuel Epstein's The Politics of Cancer; Ralph Moss' Cancer Industry and Questioning Chemotherapy; Ulrich Abel's Chemotherapy of advanced epithelial cancer - a critical survey; What Doctors Don't Tell You's Cancer Handbook, What's Really Working; and Neville Hodgkinson's AIDS, the failure of scientific medicine. (I have also published two papers questioning the efficacy of surgical treatment of cancer in Medical Hypotheses.) These together support and explain the claim in the editorial in the British Medical Journal of October 1991 (Vol 303: 198-99) "Where is the wisdom...? The poverty of medical evidence" that "Only about 15% of medical interventions are supported by solid evidence... This is partly because only 1% of the articles in medical journals are scientifically sound". Thomas Moore's earlier (1989) book Heart Failure describes the poor record of treating heart problems with bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty and drugs to lower serum cholesterol. Moore's more recent book homes in on particular drugs such as those used to treat arrhythmia. With deaths from heart disease accounting for more than 40% of all deaths these two books on the inefficacy of treatments for heart problems fill an important gap.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Happy Husband! on August 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent account of the effects of allowing marketing of Tamnbocor (flecainide) as an anti-arrhythmic based on "surrogate" intermediate endpoints. Later there was recognition that in fact the drug was associated with increased cardiac death rates when a "gold standard" randomized controlled trial was undertaken. It also shows the problematic relationships between the payment and support of academic researchers into drug effectiveness and the drug firms, many of whose products have been life saving and life transforming. A very well balanced book and very enjoyable reading. The author erroneously describes RA Fisher as an American Genius which would irritate the very English (& later Australian) Cambridge professor of Genetics!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Justice on January 31, 2011
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In 1989, tens of thousands of people died from a medical mistake, and yet few Americans know the story. This book presents the well-researched facts, which knowledgable people don't dispute. Still, the story just doesn't move anyone. There is no blood. The deaths were usually sudden, with no chance for lingering sympathy. And there is no single villian. Our traditional society is not able to handle this type of tragedy. Since 1989, the story has repeated itself with other medicines and out society still does not know how to respond.

More people need to read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Cole on April 14, 2013
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I'm so glad I had read this book when my doc ordered this med (Tambocor) for me. As a matter of fact, as far as I can tell, every FDA approved drug out there deserves the same skepticism and hesitation on my part. I did take 3 doses of the med and had a horrid reaction at home alone. At least I knew how bad the reaction could be and that there was no antidote. I quit the med and prayed to survive the reaction.
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