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Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression (Medicine, Culture, and History) [Paperback]

David Healy
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15 Oct 2006 Medicine, Culture, and History
Prozac. Paxil. Zoloft. Turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them?Let Them Eat Prozac explores the history of SSRIs - from their early development to their latest marketing campaigns - and the controversies that surround them. Initially, they seemed like wonder drugs for those with mild to moderate depression. When Prozac was released in the late 1980s, David Healy was among the psychiatrists who prescribed it. But he soon observed that some of these patients became agitated and even attempted suicide. Could the new wonder drug actually be making patients worse? Healy draws on his own research and expertise to demonstrate the potential hazards associated with these drugs. He intersperses case histories with insider accounts of the research leading to the development and approval of SSRIs as a treatment for depression. Let Them Eat Prozac clearly demonstrates that the problems go much deeper than a side-effect of a particular drug. The pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe that SSRIs can safely treat depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental problems. But, as Let Them Eat Prozac reveals, this "cure" may be worse than the disease.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press; New edition edition (15 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814736971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814736975
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compelling story about mystery, deception, death, disappointment, vindication, and uncertainty." - American Psychological Association "Healy confirms his status as one longtime thorn in the side of big drug companies, recounting how he was initially enthusiastic about SSRIs but eventually grew concerned about their side effects." - Psychology Today "Physicians should be aware of Let Them Eat Prozac." - JAMA "Let Them Eat Prozac is a double-pronged exploration, first of the SSRI drugs used to treat depression, and second of the drug industry." - Publishers Weekly "Ultimately, the book is about science, society and the power and misuse of commercial promotion.... His investigation is impressive." - Nature "This very important book will demonstrate beyond your worst dreams that the commercial needs of Big Pharma are the natural-born enemy of independent scientific research." - John Le Carre"

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David Healy is professor of psychiatry at Cardiff University and a former secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is the author of over 120 articles and 12 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 6 Sep 2004
Format:Hardcover
I work as a psychiatrist in an ambulatory clinic treating mainly depressive and anxious patients. Mr Healy's books are always well informed and an interesting read. You get information from inside the pharmacological bussisness first hand by somebody who really knows about the state of the art and the history of psychopharmacology. And you are reminded that a lot of the stuff that even specialists consider to be clinically proven is rather the product of the latest media campaign of the pharmacological industry. Highly recomanded.
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A marvellous book dealing with the over prescription and lack of reliable research on the SSRI's. Their efficacy is still questionable but side effects can be disasterous for patients. a very brave book, considering the influence the drug business has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book if you are looking for facts 26 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
Very interesting and researched fact based study of how simple ignorance (of GP) combined with a desire from profit (from big pharma) can combined into a lethal cocktails.

The positive being that with a little bit of luck popping a pill will have no greater effect that alternative therapies (ie placebo effect)and will not make you jump through the window. What is becoming clearer and clearer is that these drugs might only provides effects beyond placebo for few people, who are these lucky few? nobody knows...
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