Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

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by John Abramson
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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

Product Details

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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