The contemporary crises of soaring health care costs in America and the dropping life expectancy of our citizens have many explanations, but Harvard Medical School lecturer and pharmaceutical researcher John Abramson makes a compelling argument as to why pharmaceutical companies have played a large role in both present-day issues faced by our nation. Sickening brings to life the stories of those who had suffered medically due to the hijacking of information sources doctors use in the eternal chase for profit gains at the expense of the average person. The author details how Big Pharma influences clinical trials, medical journals, and conferences to the detriment of doctors and patients. The proposed solutions in the book may fall short of what readers hope to find, but for such a deep-rooted issue, it would be difficult to believe there is a magic bullet that could fix it all. Educational and eye-opening, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the pharmaceutical companies' role in getting the American healthcare system to where it is today.
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