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, July 13, 2010
This review is from: Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry - A Doctor's Revelations about a Profession in Crisis (Hardcover)
Breath taking ! Shocking. Put as many adjectives you want still it wont be enough to describe the merits of this book. The unholy nexus between the doctor and the pharmceutical industry has been brilliantly portrayed. Unless the author has some personal grouse - I trust the author to be unbiased - this book brings to the fore some disturbing facts. He shows how the doctors are persuaded - rather one may even say bribed - by the salesmen of the big corporations to peddle their ware and how the doctors succumb to such soft tactics. The genuine issues of the profession - of psychology - are brought forth like the overwhelming number of patients that the shrink has to attend to and the impossiblity to give required therapeutic attention to the patients. But in my opinion, that is no excuse. A senate hearing should be held just on the basis of the reports in this book. The story telling is quite vivid. That too straight from the horse's mouth. The nefarious connection between the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry.. The falsehood behind the statistical studies and the subsequent results published as if having the expert's approval . The innocent victims who think the ads to be gospel truths . Oh the shame of it ! We are reminded of the old saying " Statistics can prove anything ". Bravo ! It takes a lot of guts to come out into the open through his book with facts like this - even though the author himself belongs to the same profession. The lifeless souls that come out of such drug treatment bereft of their personality - the products of mind altering drugs. In the corporate world the evil nexus that existed between the auditors and the clients was substantially eliminated by laws like Sarbanes Oxley etc. But what about this ? Is there any way to tackle this problem at all ? Mind you, the issues at stake are much more serious - one of human health. But sadly no laws exist. Our bodies have become the profit machines for the pharmaceutical industries. Though the author admits that many drugs are really miracle cures . But still the situation is dicey. To realize that all this is happening under the guise of paracticability. The betrayal of the Hippocratic oath - the oath that the doctors have to take once they enter this profession . Can it be termed the hypocritical oath ? Going by this book, there are sufficient grounds for saying so. If the author had written it in a form of novel, this could be a Dickensonian classic.
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