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Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
•Rated O - Outstanding
A tongue-in-cheek account of the changes that have transformed medicine into big business. Physician and medical ethicist Carl Elliott tracks the new world of commercialized medicine from start to finish, introducing the professional guinea pigs, ghostwriters, thought leaders, drug reps, public relations pros, and even medical ethicists who use medicine for (sometimes huge) financial gain. Along the way, he uncovers the cost to patients lost in a health-care universe centered on consumerism.
“Elliott grips the reader’s attention all the way.” -Scientific American
“Dr. Elliott’s entertaining and extremely readable essays will have you convinced that in comparison to the shenanigans that go into the creation of a single prescription pill, fingerprint erasure might actually be a little dull.” -Abigail Zuger, MD, New York Times
“If you think your doctors prescribe medications for you on the basis of their unbiased judgment and objective medical research, this book will disabuse you of that old-fashioned fantasy. In his superb exposé, Carl Elliott shows how the big drug companies have bribed and corrupted the medical establishment so that we no longer know which drugs are effective or why our doctors prescribe them.” –Marcia Angell, author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
“Enjoyable to read and laced with sardonic wit, this is an eye-opening work that all consumers of health care should read.”–Library Journal
“Carl Elliott has written a deep, daring, and sometimes very funny book about aspects of medicine you’ve never seen, and probably never will unless you take the time to crack this cover. You’ll discover what it means when healers forget–or maybe never grasped–their main mission and pollute not only medicine but all those within its circle. Elliott’s book describes the conundrum of modern medical practice wittily, incisively, and beautifully. This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever been a patient–in other words, for everyone.” –Lauren Slater, author of Opening Skinner’s Box and Prozac Diary