Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

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by John Abramson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060568526

ISBN-13: 9780060568528

Pub. Date: 09/21/2004

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Abramson (primary care, Harvard Medical School) reveals how the corporate takeover of clinical research and medical practice is compromising Americans' health. Drawing on his background in statistics and health policy research, he investigates the distortion found in both commercially sponsored medical research and the scientific evidence published in prestigious

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Abramson (primary care, Harvard Medical School) reveals how the corporate takeover of clinical research and medical practice is compromising Americans' health. Drawing on his background in statistics and health policy research, he investigates the distortion found in both commercially sponsored medical research and the scientific evidence published in prestigious medical journals that doctors rely on. He explains evidence that proves that simple prevention efforts are far more effective than the drug companies' top-selling products. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9780060568528
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/21/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
Part IA Family Doctor's Journey of Discovery1
Chapter 1Medicine in Transition: Caring for Patients at the Crossroads3
Chapter 2Spinning the Evidence: Even the Most Respected Medical Journals Are Not Immune13
Chapter 3False and Misleading: The Misrepresentation of Celebrex and Vioxx23
Chapter 4The Myth of Excellence39
Chapter 5A Case in Point: The Saga of Hormone Replacement Therapy55
Part IIThe Commercialization of American Medicine73
Chapter 6American Medicine's Perfect Storm: A Brief History75
Chapter 7The Commercial Takeover of Medical Knowledge93
Chapter 8The Snake and the Staff: Duping the Doctors111
Chapter 9A Smoking Gun: The 2001 Cholesterol Guidelines129
Chapter 10Direct-to-Consumer: Advertising, Public Relations, and the Medical News149
Chapter 11Follow the Money: Supply-Side Medical Care169
Part IIITaking Back Our Health187
Chapter 12The Knee in Room 8: Beyond the Limits of Biomedicine189
Chapter 13From Osteoporosis to Heart Disease: What the Research Really Shows About Staying Healthy209
Chapter 14Healing Our Ailing Health Care System, or How to Save $500 Billion a Year While Improving Americans' Health241
Notes261
Bibliography307
Acknowledgments311
Index315

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Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overdosed America is a SPECTACULAR BOOK!!! Long overdue. I'm glad to see there's someone (Dr. Abramson) who is as skeptical of Big Pharma as I am. I quit pharmacy after 25 years because I was so disillusioned. I try to read every book I can find on Big Pharma. Overdosed America is the best. I found this book to be much more interesting than Marcia Angell's 'The Truth About the Drug Companies' and Jerry Avorn's 'Powerful Medicines.' This is the book that Big Pharma does not want you to read. This book should be required reading for every pharmacist in America. Unfortunately too many pharmacists are not interested in learning the truth. The media focuses on the high cost of prescription drugs. The more important issue is the questionable safety and effectiveness of too many of the products of the drug industry, and the fact that the most common diseases in advanced (i.e., industrialized or 'Western') societies can be prevented with non-drug measures. In America, we've got the best drug research that money can buy. Commercial interests have polluted the scientific basis of modern medicine. In the eyes of Big Pharma, 'reality' is a totally elastic concept. After 30 years of reading about cover-ups, deceptions, lies, manipulations of data, exaggerations of benefits, minimizations of risks, etc., I honestly don't know why I should believe anything that the pharmaceutical industry says. Overdosed America is the most important book I've read on medicine in the last 30 years, since Ivan Illich's 'Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health.' (Pantheon, 1976) If you want to really understand pharmaceuticals, you need to read this book. In my opinion, there is no book that describes the real world of pharmaceuticals better than Overdosed America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a twenty year veteran of health journalism for national magazines, I have become increasingly suspicious that I can no longer trust leading medical journals, the FDA, or even the advice of my own doctors. I have been struggling to put together all the pieces of this puzzle--and despite massive reading on the subject it took John Abramson's erudite book to illuminate this immensely complicated issue for me. This is by far the best book I have ever read on this topic and should be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why health care in this country costs so much and delivers so little. This book holds the answers to how the price of medical care could be slashed while quality of care significantly improved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recommened his book by a fellow Physician (FP). Book was very engaging and interesting. It spells out a lot of things that we kind of know but don't want to believe. Must read book for physicians and Medical Students.