Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

by John Abramson
     
 

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Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and anti-depressants, Overdosed America shows that at the heart of the current crisis in American medicine lies the commercialization of medical knowledge itself.

Drawing on his background in statistics, epidemiology, and health policy, John Abramson, M.D., reveals the ways in

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Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and anti-depressants, Overdosed America shows that at the heart of the current crisis in American medicine lies the commercialization of medical knowledge itself.

Drawing on his background in statistics, epidemiology, and health policy, John Abramson, M.D., reveals the ways in which the drug companies have misrepresented statistical evidence, misled doctors, and compromised our health. The good news is that the best scientific evidence shows that reclaiming responsibility for your own health is often far more effective than taking the latest blockbuster drug.

You—and your doctor—will be stunned by this unflinching exposé of American medicine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
According to Abramson, Americans are overmedicated and overmedicalized as a result of the commercialization of health care. Falling prey to marketing campaigns, we demand unnecessary and expensive drugs and procedures, believing they constitute the best possible medical care. Wrong, says Abramson: though more post-heart attack procedures are performed in the U.S. than in Canada, one-year survival rates are the same. Similarly, notes Abramson, a former family practitioner who teaches at Harvard Medical School, we spend more on high-tech neonatology than other Western countries but have a higher infant-mortality rate because of inattention to low-tech prenatal care. Abramson deconstructs the scientific sleight of hand in presenting clinical trial results that leads to the routine prescription of pricey cholesterol-lowering drugs even when their effectiveness has not been proven; he examines what he calls "supply-sensitive medical services"-the near-automatic use of medical technologies, such as cardiac catheterization, less because they are needed than because they are available. Abramson's bottom line: "More care doesn't necessarily mean better care." Arguing firmly that doctors should focus more on lifestyle changes to improve health, Abramson seems less credible when he writes off depression as "exercise-deficiency disease" and disposes of cancer in little more than a page. Still, he makes a powerful and coherent case that American medicine has gone badly astray and needs a new paradigm-one untainted by profits. Agent, Kris Dahl. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
With healthcare based on research sponsored mainly by self-interested drug companies, we're all in trouble, argues family practitioner Abramson. With a three-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The Oregonian (Portland)
“Abramson’s book will have you rethinking your relationship with your doctor and your health.”
Washington Post Book World
“Enlightening.”
Eric Schlosser
“Before you see a doctor, you should read this book.”
Herbert Benson
“A clear and concise explanation of how American medicine has gone astray...a must read for both patients and doctors.”
Barbara Starfield
“Fulfills the criteria for high quality in health services: the right diagnosis and the right prescription at the right time.”
Elliott Fisher
“Acompelling and well-documented analysis... a book every American should read.”
Cheryl Richardson
“Essential for all those who want to intelligently reclaim responsibility for their own health.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062281432
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
533,060
File size:
1 MB

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Herbert Benson
“A clear and concise explanation of how American medicine has gone astray...a must read for both patients and doctors.”
Eric Schlosser
“Before you see a doctor, you should read this book.”
Cheryl Richardson
“Essential for all those who want to intelligently reclaim responsibility for their own health.”
Barbara Starfield
“Fulfills the criteria for high quality in health services: the right diagnosis and the right prescription at the right time.”
Elliott Fisher
“Acompelling and well-documented analysis... a book every American should read.”

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