Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

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Harper Collins, Mar 5, 2013 - Medical - 384 pages
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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 exposť of American medicine.

 

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It's hard to believe that this amount of predatory medicine takes place. People who have a good relationship with their doctor will have a hard time with this information - they may not believe it ... Read full review

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User Review  - MirC - Borders

This book is incredibly eye opening to the politics behind drug approvals in the US. Chances everyone will be on at least one medication at some point in his/her life so this is a must read for all American citizens. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 3
23
CHAPTER 4
39
CHAPTER 5
55
CHAPTER 6
75
CHAPTER 7
93
CHAPTER 8
111
CHAPTER 9
129
CHAPTER 10
149
CHAPTER 11
169
PART III
187
CHAPTER 13
209
CHAPTER 14
241
NOTES
261
BIBLIOGRAPHY
309
INDEX
317
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John Abramson, M.D., has worked as a family doctor in Appalachia and in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and has served as chairman of the department of family practice at Lahey Clinic. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow and is on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he teaches primary care.

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