The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It

The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It

by Jeanne Lenzer

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ISBN-13: 9780316343763
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 256,048
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jeanne Lenzer is an award-winning medical investigative journalist and former Knight Science Journalism fellow. She is a longtime contributor to the The BMJ (formerly, the British Medical Journal), and her articles, reviews and commentary have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, The New Republic, Discover, Slate, Mother Jones and many other outlets.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

1 Strange Seizures 9

2 Age of Miracles 18

3 Deadly Devices 44

4 The Man from Cyberonics 68

5 Adverse Events 91

6 No Safety Net 115

7 Regulators in Chains 127

8 The Power of Illusions 151

9 The Quest for Truth 177

10 When Money Talks 201

11 Breakdown 226

12 What Is to Be Done? 260

Resources 284

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 295

Index 317

What People are Saying About This

Marcia Angell

“In this disturbing and riveting book, the indefatigable investigative reporter Jeanne Lenzer tells the story of how millions of Americans are implanted with medical devices with almost no proof that they are safe. Lenzer exposes the web of commercial incentives governing their use, and the refusal of the manufacturers and the FDA to take responsibility when things go wrong.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Th Deborah Blum

"Jeanne Lenzer's incisive investigation of one man's quest for medical justice - and the regulatory failures behind it - is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the risks faced by all of us during routine procedures. And it should be, for all of us, a call to action."

Vinay Prasad

“One of the best books in medicine I have read. A splendid, savage story about the failings of modern device regulation that reads like a mystery, not a work of medical non-fiction: It turns out to be both.”

author of Overtreated Shannon Brownlee

“Jeanne Lenzer has pulled off a brilliant literary hat trick; she has written a page-turning tale of one patient’s odyssey, combined with hard-hitting investigative reporting and a compelling call to arms to fix America’s broken health care system. Before you get anything implanted in your body, read this book.”

Bernard Lown

“Lenzer’s gripping and carefully researched book addresses why America needs a New Deal in health care. This book enlightens, enrages, and will surely help advance that cause.”

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! That a riveting read! The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It is written by a Physician Assistant, turned investigative journalist who worked in the medical field for over a decade. This book is deeply insightful and credible. Much has been written about the harm certain popular classes of pharmaceuticals may be causing, but rarely does one get a glimpse into the underbelly of the medical device industry in the USA. This book should not be confused with a suspicious all-encompassing disdain for the medical device industry. Quite the contrary! It offers an eye opening historical and objective view of what can and does go wrong, all the while maintaining that, of course much of it is lifesaving as well. Author Jeanne Lenzer does a formidable job at keeping the reader entirely engaged in what could have come off as rather dry content. Shelly9677