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Pharmageddon Paperback – April 1, 2013
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"Powerful. . . . Healy exposes the secrets that enable drug companies to circumvent protections. . . . And he also offers a solution."--"Human Givens"
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This book shines a bright light on the pharmaceutical industry (and American healthcare) in the same way that Silent Spring called out the chemical industry and Unsafe at Any Speed called out the automobile industry. Pharmageddon is Healy's most important book to date. It will make a real contribution toward healing our sick system of pharmaceutical-driven medicine and helping doctors provide better care for their patients.”--Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, author of The Estrogen Elixir and On the Pill
In this startling book, David Healy argues that 'evidence-based' medicineand a healthy dose of corrupt sciencehas led modern medicine off a cliff. His book is provocative, challenging, and informative, and ultimately it serves as a powerful manifesto for rethinking modern medicine.”--Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
"Like a good detective story, Pharmageddon weaves together the history of modern medicine, the evolution of clinical trials and statistical analyses, changes in international patent laws, privatization of clinical research, blurring of the line between academics and industry, and the enabling role of medical journals. If you want to learn how to protect yourself (or your patients) from medical commercialism and how medical practice can be re-directed back toward its true mission, this book is a must read."John Abramson, author of Overdosed America
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Those who should be looking out for the best interests of patients are mostly failing to do their jobs, even if they are not actively participating in the corruption. For instance, the allegedly prestigious New England Journal of Medicine makes no attempt to check on the veracity of drug company studies and its editor expresses that she has "no regrets" about publishing a fraudulent study of Paxil. (Paxil was found by the study to be no more effective than a placebo and much more likely than a placebo to induce suicidal behavior in young people --- but this data was deliberately left out of the published study by the company who ran the study.)
Next time you see one of those attractive young drug salespeople in your doctor's waiting room tell them to look for some honest work.
David Healy is a serious man. As a caring clinician and internationally recognized expert in pharmacology, epidemiology and the history of psychiatry, this Irish professor may be reminiscent of both Sherlock Holmes and Atticus Finch.
His latest book, Pharmageddon, is a riveting detective story, a meticulous account of the troubling evolution of the practice of medicine and a compelling plea for a better protection of those that medicine is supposed to serve. It is a must-read for all of us. Beware though, that, as a physician or as someone who will sooner or later be a client of the healthcare system, you may be in for a painful ride. It takes only a few pages to realize that, if you are a health care provider, you may already have become, willingly of not, an accomplice of a system that has slowly but surely drifted from the shores of a "First do no harm" philosophy to shores covered by a growing number of victims of poorly or overly prescribed medications.Read more ›
Protect yourself by reading this book. I had to get it through Amazon because it seems to be permanently "unavailable"in Canadian bookstores....Hmmmm. How could that happen?
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Of the many books on the evils of Big Pharma and how medicine has been misled, this is one of the best books on the topic.Published 1 month ago by David Shannahoff
As a clinical pharmacist this book was an eye opener, sad, and shocking. As someone trained in the analysis of clinical trials... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jim sluis
a must-read for every doctor and every patient in every continent in today's worldPublished 10 months ago by openmind
Amazing book! Dr. David Healy at his best. A must read for everyone in the Mental Healthcare field.Published 12 months ago by sanderella56
Informative, easy to read, and highly on point with relevant research to understand the myths perpetuated by big pharma.Published 15 months ago by Juli Kramer
enjoyed reading this - many similar books out there but this one is more in depth and easy to read. Do yourself a favour, especially of you are on any kind of chronic medication.Published 15 months ago by Sonja O
Get a peak into the somewhat murky world of big pharma. Let Healy take you there and see what you think. He knows his stuff and your eyes will be opened.Published 20 months ago by carpenter
David Healy wakes you up to the realities of drugs. How every aspect associated with them is about corporate profit, and how masterfully the public is manipulated. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sandra
Well referenced and also with abundant common sense and strong historical background, this is a book elegantly describes the dysfunctional aspects of pharmaceutical company... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stuart Shipko