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Overdosed America The Broken Promise of American Medicine

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ISBN-10: 0060568534

ISBN-13: 9780060568535

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Abramson

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Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and anti-depressants, Overdo$ed 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., an award-winning family doctor on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, 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 expos of American medicine.
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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.

Introduction
A Family Doctor's Journey of Discovery
Medicine in Transition: Caring for Patients at the Crossroads
Spinning the Evidence: Even the Most Respected Medical Journals Are Not Immune
False and Misleading: The Misrepresentation of Celebrex and Vioxx
The Myth of Excellence
A Case in Point: The Saga of Hormone Replacement Therapy
The Commercialization of American Medicine
American Medicine's Perfect Storm: A Brief History
The Commercial Takeover of Medical Knowledge
The Snake and the Staff: Duping the Doctors
A Smoking Gun: The 2001 Cholesterol Guidelines
Direct-to-Consumer: Advertising, Public Relations, and the Medical News
Follow the Money: Supply-Side Medical Care
Taking Back Our Health
The Knee in Room 8: Beyond the Limits of Biomedicine
From Osteoporosis to Heart Disease: What the Research Really Shows About Staying Healthy
Healing Our Ailing Health Care System, or How to Save $500 Billion a Year While Improving Americans' Health
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index