The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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"A beautifully written, profoundly important book that is sure to shake up the psychiatric establishment and pharmaceutical industry... This book is long overdue and I hope that people will pay attention. Kudos to Dr. Kirsch!" (David D. Burns M.D., author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy)
"Irving Kirsch brilliantly documents a grim scandal of regulatory and clinical failures concerning antidepressants but also holds out hope" (David Healy, author of Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression)
"A terrific account of how optimism, greed and scientific incompetence have misled us about the nature of depression and the drugs we throw at it" (Druin Burch, author of Taking the Medicine)
"Wide scope, smooth delivery, and mastery of the data" (www.popularscience.co.uk)
"A fascinating and disturbing book" (Literary Review)
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Having said that, I am indebted to him for illuminating the clinical trial process and all the chicanery that can go on before, during and after it. This text truly confirms the old adage of lies, darned lies and statistics. The manipulation of data is really mind boggling in its subtlety and deviousness. On that basis alone we should view all clinical trials with a pinch of salt. I also learned an awful lot about the placebo effect (or "meaning response") from this book. You might think you know all about the placebo effect already: someone takes a dummy pill and if they think it's real it will work almost as good as the real thing. Well, according to Kirsch it works AS well. But the whole meaning response, like clinical trials in which it is a regular feature, is many layers of subtlety, which the author helps to gently peel away and examine. Thanks again, Irving.
This book could be a seminal work in changing doctors' and patients' opinion about the prescription of anti-depressants. It reminds me in many ways of ...Read more ›
So is the hypothesis of this book sound - at the end of the day you can eiither buy into it, ignore or go out and do the Meta-analysis yourself. It's just refreshing having somebody pushing something other than chemicals down your neck.
My recommendation is read it and make up your own mind.
Pro's: it's excellent, with compelling argumenents abnd worrying stories about the giant Pharma Industries...
Con's: To be fair it beats taking sleeping tablets to get you off to sleep .....
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What stood out mostly for me was the author's honesty and integrity. Because of that, I absolutely believed in the truth of what he was saying, and the truth is an eye opener. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mary Middlename
Very interisting book, but he is a cheat. Sometimes he uses the MBE (against antidepressants) and sometime low quality trials (in favour of exercise or psychoterapay)Published 23 months ago by israel
I first listened to this book then bought the paperback version. It's excellent and describes the mess we're in with respect to Anti-depressant dugs, the dishonest practices which... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2014 by M. N. Toner
This explains succinctly why anti-depressants either don't work, or only work as a placebo, not in their own right, and they rarely work long term. Read morePublished on 18 April 2014 by JessH
Stop believing the doctors who are giving out medications they don't know are no more effective than placebos! Great read!Published on 10 Mar. 2014 by PhPete7
Get.This.Book. if you want to learn about the very truth of how research is written in mental health. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by pc
I would say a required read for everyone. You don't have to agree with the author, but you should think about what he is saying - which in my view makes very clear sense. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Frankwdt
Yet another book that explains clearly and simply with a lot of scientfic backup that psychotherapy and "talking therapies" are more effective than medication for... Read morePublished on 21 May 2013 by Dr. S. Phoenix
I loved this book. It is interesting in two ways. First of all, he provides a powerful rebuttal of the purported efficacy and even the whole theory behind antidepressant drugs and... Read morePublished on 9 July 2011 by goingpostal