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This is a highly accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes - states as natural as birth, ageing, sexuality, unhappiness and death - are systematically being reinterpreted as pathological so creating new markets for their treatments. In this enlightening book, Jorg Blech reveals: * how the invention of diseases by pharmaceutical companies is turning us all into patients, and how we can protect ourselves against this * how the medical profession has been bullied and co-opted into endorsing profitable cures for people who aren't ill * fears about how pharmaceutical companies create markets by playing on the general public's concern with their health. A self-help book in the truest sense, Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills reassures us about our own health. It is essential reading for doctors, nurses and patients alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415390699
ISBN-10: 0415390699
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 172
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joerg Blech

Jorg Blech studied biology and biochemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany and the University of Sussex, UK. He was then trained as a journalist and was awarded internships in Paris, Washington DC and Bangkok. He is the science correspondent for the magazine Der Spiegel and lives with his family in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills by Joerg Blech

Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills

Paperback, February 2006