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Chasing Medical Miracles: The Promise and Perils of Clinical Trials

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

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    Simple but informative

    Gives a very detailed analysis of what clinical trails mean and how they influence your health care. Very comprehensive and easy to understand, gives all sides of the story.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Should be required reading by Congress

    After reading the Wall Street Journal's review of Chasing Medical Miracles, I immediately ordered the book. Incredibly insightful explaining both the pros and cons (underline "con") of medical trials. They're hugely profitable for the companies conducting them, yet it's highly debatable whether or not they are 1) safe, 2) ethical or 3) beneficial.

    Why should every member of Congress read this book? Same reason you should: Medical trials and CROs are a major part of our healthcare system. They hold significant influence over our medical care and what medicines and procedures are actually used (or not used) to treat illnesses. Like most of what dominants healthcare in this country, it all comes down to p-r-o-f-i-t. Not to sound too hyperbolic, but the impact can be life or death. That said, I haven't heard anyone in government mention looking into the multi-billion business of medical trials or CROs as a part of healthcare reform. If they read this book, they'd definitely make it part of the agenda.

    Chasing Medical Miracles is our wake-up call.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    The dirty (not so) little secret of clinical trials.

    Wow. A friend told me about Chasing Medical Miracles and said I had to read it. He was right. Alex O'Meara has probed into a huge part of the medical industry that's woefully underregulated and puts thousands of people at risk every year.

    O'Meara has no axe to grind and isn't trying to create a tempest in a teapot; he's an accomplished writer who's done his homework and presented a compelling investigation into the BIG business of clinical trials. The information is clear and presented in a way that allows the reader to form his or her own opinion about the rights and wrongs of clinical trials.

    Sometimes books like this can be dry and overly technical--not Chasing Medical Miracles. It's hard to put down and kept me wanting to know more with each chapter. One of the best new books I've read all year.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Loved it!

    I thought this was a great read. The topic--clinical trials--affects anyone who gets medical treatment for just about anything. And I like the author's approach--straightforward and clear. He explains a number of the complexities about clinical trials without getting bogged down--I thought he did a great job letting us in on how the whole system works. I also like that he doesn't use a whole lot sensational language or scare tactics. He just lays it all out. I loved it.

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