Chasing Medical Miracles: The Promise and Perils of Clinical Trialsby Alex O'Meara
Pub. Date: 05/25/2010
Publisher: Walker & Company
Clinical trials have become a $24 billion industry that is reshaping every aspect of health-care development and delivery in the United States and around the world. Chasing Medical Miracles is the first book to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the complicated world of clinical trials and how a multibillion-dollar industry of private companies conducting
Clinical trials have become a $24 billion industry that is reshaping every aspect of health-care development and delivery in the United States and around the world. Chasing Medical Miracles is the first book to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the complicated world of clinical trials and how a multibillion-dollar industry of private companies conducting them with little oversight has quietly become a major part of the American medical establishment. A new foreword uses the testing of the H1N1-or swine flu-vaccine to illustrate some of the challenges and pitfalls of clinical trials. Alex O'Meara reveals what every health-conscious person needs to know about how drugs, devices, and procedures are tested and approved.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Entering the Risky World of Clinical Trials 7
Chapter 2 The Right and Wrong of Clinical Trials 20
Chapter 3 Money Makes the Trial Go 'Round 54
Chapter 4 Legal Trials 85
Chapter 5 There's a Subject Born Every Minute 97
Chapter 6 Going Global 122
Chapter 7 The Perfect Laboratory for Clinical Trials 150
Chapter 8 The Stories Behind the Subjects 172
Chapter 9 Transplanted 198
Afterword: Volunteering for a Clinical Trial 218
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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.
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.
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.
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.