BN.com Gift Guide

Ethics, Medical Research, and Medicine: Commercialism versus Environmentalism and Social Justice / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$127.75
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $127.24
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 28%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $127.24   
  • New (4) from $127.24   
  • Used (3) from $206.25   

Overview

The authors of this book examine critically, and in a unique way, the poverty of medical ethics. They argue against spending almost unlimited amounts of money on medical treatment, and explore the serious biases in the way that medical research is conducted. In particular, they document how commercialization of research, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, leads to seriously distorted information being disseminated to physicians. The authors illustrate these problems using four examples: statin drugs, screening for breast and prostate cancer, genetic diagnosis and therapy, and the Swan ganz catheter. The book contrasts the greatly exaggerated merits of these medical practices with the clear advantages of a prevention approach. The book makes radical proposals for reforming these problems. It is a must-read for those interested in medical ethics, health policy, health economics, and medicine.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Arguing that there is a mythology within modern medical circles that "high-tech treatment and the latest drugs are best treatment, they should be used often... and cost of treatment is not a relevant issue," the contributors note that the third leading cause of death in the United States is unintended consequences of medical treatment and argue for a new paradigm that leans on prevention rather than intervention. They argue that in part, this mythology is driven by a quest for profits from the corporate controllers of the medical industry. In support of their criticism, they examine the effects of this mythology on statin drugs, screening for breast and prostate cancer, genetic diagnosis and therapy, and Swan Ganz catheter, arguing that all of these often cause more harm than they can be demonstrated to prevent. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792370840
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 8/31/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. How Essential is Medical Research? A. Thompson. Cost, Distributive Justice and Noblesse Oblige; A. Thompson. Research Design; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. Disseminating the Results; A. Thompson, M. Egger. Leaping Over the Species' Gap: The Substitution of Humans by Other Animals in Testing of Procedures and Substances; A. Thompson. The Moral Justification for Substituting Other Animals in Medical Research; A. Thompson. How To Make A Mountain And A Mint Out Of, At Most, A Molehill: Statin Drugs; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple.The Right Heart Catheter: Evidence versus Bias; S. Workman. The Dubious Merits of Screening for Cancer of the Breast and Prostate; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. The Genomics Revolution in Medicine: A Case of Extreme Information Overload; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. Disease Prevention: The Low-Tech, Low-Cost Road Less Travelled; N.J. Temple. Postscript; N.J. Temple, A. Thompson. Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)