Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine by John AbramsonOverdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine by John Abramson

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

byJohn Abramson

Paperback | January 29, 2008

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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.

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.
Title:Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American MedicineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061344761

ISBN - 13:9780061344763

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dated, but still poignant While understandably dated, Abramson's unrelenting critique of the American medicine system remains a powerful reminder of the individual's responsibility for their own health. Written in a manner digestible for even the most biologically illiterate among us, this work is a refreshing reminder that the eye of the skeptic ought not be relieved by the letters behind one's name. And here lies the paradox in Abramson's thought. A staunch advocate of the, shall we say, traditional doctor-patient relationship, Abramson craves the early day of his practice when were not entering his office with a drug of choice already picked. He remembers when his opinion meant something more. And yet, the critical reader of this text can never again enter a doctor's office fueled with the same amount of trust required for the continuance of such a relationship. It would have been rather intriguing to see Abramson address the duality of personal responsibility and trust in the practitioner, and what he would view the role of the general practitioner in a Western civilization populated by the health-responsible individual. Most assuredly worth a read, and also a helpful guide to keep on your shelf as we all grasp the reality of the youthful rumor of morality.
Date published: 2017-07-07

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“Essential for all those who want to intelligently reclaim responsibility for their own health.”