Books 2016-10-17T11:35:41+00:00

Books Acknowledging the Work of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman

“Seconds to Disaster” by Glenn Meade and Ray Ronan

“Seconds to Disaster”
by Glenn Meade and Ray Ronan

Much of the time air crashes are a confluence of events—a cascade of bad luck, bad decisions, inappropriate airline company policy, the failure of aviation regulators, and sometimes insufficient training, or various combinations of all five. Seconds to Disaster demonstrates that part of that bad luck is often aided by the airline industry’s own endless and aggressive pursuit of bottom-line profit which contributes to a creeping erosion of safety standards and puts both passenger and crew lives at serious risk.

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"Pharmageddon” by Dr. David Healy

“Pharmageddon”
by Dr. David Healy

Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many antidepressants, attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors: product rather than process patents on drugs, the classification of certain drugs as prescription-only, and industry-controlled drug trials. These developments have tied the survival of pharmaceutical companies to the development of blockbuster drugs, so that they must overhype benefits and deny real hazards.

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“White Coat, Black Hat” by Carl Elliott

“White Coat, Black Hat”
by Carl Elliott

Author Elliott reports that the culture of deception within the medical community has become pervasive – driven by profit-maximizing drug companies. He buttresses that conclusion with innumerable vignettes of how they have withheld negative outcomes information about their products, while creating slanted supportive reports in ghost-written medical journal articles, CME presentations, and various forums for both physicians and the public.

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“Kids Caught in the Psychiatric Maelstrom” by Elizabeth E. Root, MSW, MS Ed

“Kids Caught in the Psychiatric Maelstrom”
by Elizabeth E. Root, MSW, MS Ed

Writing for parents and caregivers, Root, a retired clinical social worker, criticizes treatment practices of children with psychiatric conditions and addresses the issue of excessive prescribing of medications. Noting the supposed increase in mental illness in children, she asks whether they are really mentally ill and whether the care provided to them is really helpful. She discusses medical and psychosocial treatment models and how they influence a therapist’s attitude toward a patient; the history of ADHD, neurobiological theories, and critiques of them; myths about bipolar disorder; the increase in psychopharmacology, the pharmaceutical industry, types of drugs, and their safety; screening of children and the lack of an objective screening method; and non-drug alternative solutions.

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"Brave New World of Health” by Belinda Bennett et al.

“Brave New World of Health”
by Belinda Bennett et al.

This book argues that the foundational terms and concepts, which form the basic building blocks of dialogue about health, are now in flux. While the forces in play differ, and the pace of change is varied, there is now a ‘brave new world’ of health which characterizes policy debate about health (and illness or disability).

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“Side Effects” by Alison Bass

“Side Effects”
by Alison Bass

Side Effects tells the tale of a gutsy assistant attorney general who, along with an unlikely whistle-blower at an Ivy League university, uncovered evidence of deception behind one of the most successful drug campaigns in history. Paxil was the world’s bestselling antidepressant in 2002. Pediatric prescriptions soared, even though there was no proof that the drug performed any better than sugar pills in treating children and adolescents, and the real risks the drugs posed were withheld from the public.

The New York State Attorney General’s office brought an unprecedented lawsuit against giant manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, for consumer fraud. The successful suit launched a tidal wave of protest that changed the way drugs are tested, sold, and marketed in this country.

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“Mania” by Dr. David Healy

“Mania” by
Dr. David Healy

Mania describes the short history of bipolar disorder and how the perception of illness changes over time, recounting the changing definitions of mania throughout centuries. It also explores the effects of growing public awareness of the disease on culture and society, and examines the rise of psychotropic treatments and pharmacological marketing.

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“Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All into Patients” by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels

“Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All into Patients”
by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels

Selling Sickness reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt health-care systems all over the world. As more and more of ordinary life becomes medicalised, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsden’s dream: “selling to everyone.”

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“Medicines Out of Control? Antidepressants and the Conspiracy of Goodwill” by Charles Medawar & Anita Hardon

“Medicines Out of Control? Antidepressants and the Conspiracy of Goodwill”
by Charles Medawar & Anita Hardon

Medicines Out of Control focuses on a drug crisis that is still in the making: the control and consumption of mood-regulating drugs, such as Prozac and other antidepressants and a much wider problem: continuing human dependence on corporate and professional power.

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“Antidepresseurs La Grande Intoxication, Ce Que 5 Millions de Patients Ne Savent Pas Encore” by Guy Hugnet

“Antidepresseurs La Grande Intoxication, Ce Que 5 Millions de Patients Ne Savent Pas Encore”
by Guy Hugnet

Antidepressants the great intoxication goes into the hidden side of antidepressant work and what the manufacturers, because of trade issues, do not say: unpublished documents in France, often secret, from pharmaceutical companies ignore the public interest and most physicians opinions.

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“Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds” by Gary M. Pomerantz

“Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds”
by Gary M. Pomerantz

In this gripping and inspiring story, Gary M. Pomerantz brings readers deep inside the hearts and minds of twenty-nine people whose fates take a dramatic turn when their plane crashes in a west Georgia hayfield. You will be amazed by how they react in those fateful moments, and by their remarkable personal journeys in the days and months that follow.

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“The Secret Life of Bill Clinton” by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

“The Secret Life of Bill Clinton”
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

These days, it seems like everyone’s a Friend of Bill–Clinton’s buddies from Arkansas are turning up in powerful White House positions faster than you can say “Whitewater.” But make no mistake, British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is no F.O.B.: in the course of The Secret Life of Bill Clinton’s 350-plus pages, he manages to connect the president to everything from 1997’s Oklahoma City bombing to Arkansas’s drug underworld to the mysterious death of White House aide and longtime Clinton friend Vince Foster, and, of course, to Paula Jones.

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“Reckless Disregard” by James S. Kunen

“Reckless Disregard”
by James S. Kunen

In a shocking exposé of the nation’s school buses, Kunen (The Strawberry Statement) focuses on the 1988 head-on collision of a Kentucky school bus and a pickup truck driven by an intoxicated motorist, which killed 24 children and three adults aboard the bus.

Kunen had the cooperation of Janey and Larry Fair, whose daughter Shannon was among the victims. The Fairs and another victim’s parents, the Nunnallees (whom he also interviewed) initially rejected a settlement offer from Ford, maker of the bus. Instead, the couples pressed the corporation for safety improvements.

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