Overdosed America

Overdosed America

The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Book - 2004
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The untold crisis in American medicine, with side effects that may be hazardous to your health.

We all know that health care and prescription drug costs are skyrocketing, but few doubt the excellence of American medicine. John Abramson, M.D., an award-winning family doctor on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, reveals, in the same clear language that he used with his patients, how the corporate takeover of clinical research and medical practice is compromising Americans' health. You -- and your doctor -- will be stunned by his findings.

For twenty years, Dr. Abramson cared for patients of all ages in a small town north of Boston. But increasingly his role as family doctor was undermined as pressure mounted to use the latest drugs and high-tech solutions for nearly every problem. Drawing on his background in statistics and health policy research, he began to investigate the radical changes that were quietly taking place in American medicine.

At the heart of the crisis, he found, lies the changed purpose of medical knowledge -- from seeking to optimize health to searching for the greatest profits. The lack of transparency that has become normal in commercially sponsored medical research now taints the scientific evidence published in even our most prestigious medical journals. And unlike the recent scandals in other industries that robbed Americans of money and jobs, this one is undermining our health.

The hormone replacement debacle, it turns out, is not an isolated case. The same kind of commercial distortion now pervades the information that doctors rely upon to guide the prevention and treatment of common health problems, from heart disease to stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, and osteoarthritis.

The good news, as Dr. Abramson explains, is that the real scientific evidence shows that many of the things that you can do to protect and preserve your own health are far more effective than what the drug companies' top-selling products can do for you -- which is why the drug companies work so hard to keep this information under wraps.

In what is sure to be one of the most important and eye-opening books you or your doctor will ever read, John Abramson offers conclusive evidence that American medicine has broken its promise to best improve our health and is squandering more than $500 billion each year in the process.

Isn't it time to learn the facts, discuss these issues with your doctor, and reclaim the good health and medical care that all Americans deserve?

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060568528
Characteristics: xviii, 332 p. :,ill.


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Jan 06, 2014

". . . from seeking to optimize health to searching for the greatest profits." That one phrase from the "Description" most succinctly explains the brilliant thesis of Dr. Abramson's book. Any so-called scholar, or medical professional, who leaves this out of the equation, must forever be branded a fraud! As long as it is private health insurance companies (owned by the banks) and giant pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical corporations (owned by the banks) then we will have little to no healthcare in America. Just look at the private equity firms, i.e., private banks, involved with leveraged buyouts of private hospitals, healthcare clinics, research corporations, medical diagnostics firms, and you will begin to grasp the enormous problem of the private sector and public healthcare.

Jan 27, 2012

This book is a great read for anyone! It does have a bit of medical jargon, but the author tries to make it understandable. At first I was worried that it would be a boring book and that I would have to read for 50ish pages before I liked it. But this book starts out with very relatable stories about Dr. Abramson and his patients. Enjoy!

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