Let Them Eat Prozac
The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression
By (author) David Healy
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Let Them Eat Prozac by David Healy
Book DescriptionProzac. 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814736975
(5830mm x 3895mm x 25mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David Healy
Pharmageddon, Paperback (April 2013)
Presenting a comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, this book tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. It explains why these trends have basically ended the possibility of universal health care in the United States and elsewhere around the world.
Creation of Psychopharmacology, Paperback (September 2004)
Healy follows "The Antidepressant Era" with an even more ambitious and dramatic story: the discovery and development of antipsychotic medication. Once pharmaceutical companies recognized their commercial potential, financial as well as clinical pressures drove the development of ever more aggressively marketed medications.
Psychopharmacologists 3, Hardback (July 2000)» View all books by David Healy
An interview-based book about the process of therapeutic innovation in clinical psychiatry. It emphasises the importance of research, and of the marketing strategies of pharmaceutical companies in formulating disease entities as well as treatments for them.
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Author Biography - David Healy
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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