On the Take: How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health

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Overview


We all know that doctors accept gifts from drug companies, ranging from pens and coffee mugs to free vacations at luxurious resorts. But as the former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine reveals in this shocking expose, these innocuous-seeming gifts are just the tip of an iceberg that is distorting the practice of medicine and jeopardizing the health of millions of Americans today.
In On the Take, Dr. Jerome Kassirer offers an unsettling look at the pervasive payoffs that physicians take from big drug companies and other medical suppliers, arguing that the billion-dollar onslaught of industry money has deflected many physicians' moral compasses and directly impacted the everyday care we receive from the doctors and institutions we trust most. Underscored by countless chilling untold stories, the book illuminates the financial connections between the wealthy companies that make drugs and the doctors who prescribe them. Kassirer details the shocking extent of these financial enticements and explains how they encourage bias, promote dangerously misleading medical information, raise the cost of medical care, and breed distrust.
A brilliant diagnosis of an epidemic of greed, On the Take offers insight into how we can cure the medical profession and restore our trust in doctors and hospitals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195300048
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 288,604
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome P. Kassirer is Distinguished Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University in Clevland, Ohio. He was Editor-in-Chief of New England Journal of Medicine for more than 8 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2006

    Excellent and truthful

    Fascism, Mussolini said, is the control of the State by the Corporations. And he certainly knew! Most Pharmas have links to Nazi chemical corporations. Years ago, a founder of Merck stated that he would like all people to be on drugs to keep them well. Big Pharma and its subsidiaries make up half the stock market - a dangerous amount. The contributions of Big Pharma to charities, nonprofits and governments almost guarantee that what the donor wants, not what the people need, will be done. We need to stop being 'sheeple'. and become responsible for our own health. There is much that we can do for ourselves with diet, exercise and vitamins. We should question what drugs are being advertised to us and why doctors, who now seem to 'swear by the Dollar', push medications on us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Arrogance at the Top

    Dr. Kassirer has taken an extreme view and paints the entire medical profession with his cynical brush. His statements about how easily highly respected academic physicians serve as stooges for drug companies are without foundation and an insult to the hard-working men in women in that profession.

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