- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (June 23, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156025856X
- ISBN-13: 978-1560258568
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients 1st Edition
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The authors discuss ten different "diseases" allocating a complete chapter to each. The top ten include:
1. High cholesterol
4. Attention deficit disorder
5. High blood pressure
6. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
7. Social anxiety disorder
9. Irritable bowel syndrome
10. Female sexual dysfunction
I can easily see why something like what is described in the book could occur. It's simple - money! Some of the drugs used to treat the above diseases can easily bring in revenue in the billions of dollars. When there is the potential to make billions of dollars, greed dictates. It would happen in any industry. It is unfortunate that the greed of these companies means marketing more drugs to people who may not need them. Don't get me wrong; there are many people who truly need to take medicine for their condition, and they should. But when pharmaceutical companies go to the extremes mentioned in this book to increase the markets for a drug - this is just wrong.
That said, it is very important for doctors and patients not to be mislead by the fancy marketing tactics masquerading as educational fare. Doctors need to independently evaluate the patient's condition and determine if the patient, in fact, truly needs a particular drug. The patient needs to be educated on these matters as well in order to make informed decisions.
I can see that a great of research was used in publishing this book as the notes section is forty-one pages long. This book is an interesting expose of the pharmaceutical industry, and I think it is worth reading. It would certainly make one a more educated patient, and that can save your life.
It is easy to read BUT it is another case of very bad digital conversion. There are numerous conversion errors and many letters look like a scan of a poorly printed copy with missing or light areas. I felt the book was important enough to read it even with the conversion issue. I used a Kindle Paperwrite too! In the beginning it seems it is worse, or maybe I was getting used to it later on. Still, it is worth reading.