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Abigail Zuger"Adventures on the dark side of medicine”—now that sounds like a lot of fun. A few juicy stories about black-market organs, fingerprint erasure, murder and mayhem in the I.C.U. would make a welcome change from the usual humdrum stuff of hospital and clinic, where the big events are a drug that doesn't work properly, or a visit from a pharmaceutical salesman that screws up the entire afternoon schedule. But no: In Dr. Carl Elliott's survey of all that is shifty in modern medicine, those humdrum events are exactly what make up medicine's dark side. And, indeed, Dr. Elliott's entertaining and extremely readable essays will have you convinced that in comparison to the shenanigans that go into the creation of a single prescription pill, fingerprint erasure might actually be a little dull. After all, what is more sinister than the dubious mechanics of the ordinary, the sausage factory behind the breakfast special?
—The New York Times