Saturday, November 23, 2013

Peter Gøtzsche, author of Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime

Mad in America has posted video of an interview with Peter Gøtzsche, Cochrane Collaboration cofounder and author of the new book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Health Care.

In the video, he discusses psychiatric drugs in particular:

The title alone hints that he’s not going to soft-pedal the harms caused by the pharmaceutical industry. Indeed, he calls for prescriptions for psychotropic drugs to cease entirely.

Howard Brody observes that Deadly Medicines
features Forewords by two heavy hitters, Richard Smith, former editor of BMJ, and Drummond Rennie, long-time deputy editor of JAMA. If you read between the lines, the two editors both convey more or less the same message—this guy comes across as a raving lunatic, but it would be a shame if you were put off by that tone, because he actually has something important to say.
Here’s Gøtzsche talking about what led him to write the book. If, like me, you can’t afford it, you can at least read the chapter on psychiatry here.

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