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Should be as big as the Parliamentary Expenses scandal,
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This review is from: Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients (Paperback)A long train ride yesterday, and the wonders of kindle, mean that I have actually read this book. I can promise you it contains no unicorns, and not a single reference to climate change.
It is, however, a very balanced exposition of many of the problems facing modern medicine and a clear manifesto on how to deal with them. In these times of austerity, it shows a way that huge amounts of money could be saved in the NHS without any reduction in quality of service.
Although he does occasionally talk about outright fraud, Goldacre is careful to point the finger at the wider professional culture which makes it acceptable, for instance, for companies to withhold data about trials which do not show their products in a good light, and for medics to accept free 'training' at flash conference centres without understanding the difference it might make to their prescribing practices. As he points out, in these days when we've seen politicians expenses and tabloid phone hacking exposed, the time is ripe for these excesses to be exposed.
This is not a book for conspiracy theorists or those who simply think that all modern medice in bad, but if you are a patient, or every expect to be, you should read it, and buy a copy for your doctor.