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Powerful Medicines

Powerful Medicines by Jerry Avorn, M.D.
Hardcover
Aug 17, 2004 | 464 Pages
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Praise

"Only Jerry Avorn, with his insider’s penetrating vision, could show us the triumphs and travesties, promises and perils of today’s prescription drugs. Refreshingly, he not only diagnoses the ills of our current system but proposes novel remedies that we are well advised to heed."
–Jerome Groopman, M.D.

“In Powerful Medicines, Dr. Avorn brilliantly demonstrates the corrosive effects of commercial influence over medical research, education, and clinical care. This impressive book demonstrates the adverse effects such privatization can have on the health care system and ultimately on patients.”
— Bernard Lown, M.D., Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Professor Emeritus, Harvard School of Public Health

"A book that is at once engrossing and definitive."
–Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Education and Cognition Harvard Graduate School of Education

Table Of Contents

PROLOGUE: DIFFERENT STROKES

PART ONE: BENEFITS
1: THE PREGNANT MARE’S LESSON
2: LEAVING THE DARK AGES BEHIND, MOSTLY

PART TWO: RISKS
3: THE FAT IS IN THE FIRE
4: TOO SWEET TO BE TRUE
5: COLD COMFORT
6: GETTING RISKS RIGHT
7: THE MOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS
8: ENTER DOCTOR FAUSTUS
9: IMPERFECT MEASURES
10: WHOSE RISK IS IT, ANYWAY?
11: A BALANCING ACT

PART THREE: COSTS
12: LIVE CHEAP OR DIE
13: FILLING THE PIPELINE
14: WHAT THE TRAFFIC WILL BEAR
15: NAVIGATING THE THIRD DIMENSION

PART FOUR: INFORMATION
16: SIGNALS, NOISE, AND THE BIG VOID
17: INFORMATIONAL KUDZU
18: DEVISING AN ANTIDOTE
19: THE EMPEROR’S FASHION CRITICS
20: SAME LANGUAGE, DIFFERENT ACCENTS

PART FIVE: POLICY
21: PULLING THE FACTS TOGETHER
22: TURNING KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION
23: MARKETS AND MEDICINES

EPILOGUE: THE TRIPLE-EDGED SWORD

NOTES
INDEX

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