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    DescriptionEveryone knows that antidepressant drugs are miracles of modern medicine. Professor Irving Kirsch knew this as well as anyone. But, as he discovered during his research, there is a problem with what everyone knows about antidepressant drugs. It isn't true. How did antidepressant drugs gain their reputation as a magic bullet for depression? And why has it taken so long for the story to become public? Answering these questions takes us to the point where the lines between clinical research and marketing disappear altogether. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Kirsch accessed clinical trials that were withheld, by drug companies, from the public and from the doctors who prescribe antidepressants. What he found, and what he documents here, promises to bring revolutionary change to the way our society perceives, and consumes, antidepressants. The Emperor's New Drugs exposes what we have failed to see before: depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain; antidepressants are significantly more dangerous than other forms of treatment and are only marginally more effective than placebos; and, there are other ways to combat depression, treatments that don't only include the empty promise of the antidepressant prescription. This is not a book about alternative medicine and its outlandish claims. This is a book about fantasy and wishful thinking in the heart of clinical medicine, about the seductions of myth, and the final stubbornness of facts.


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    Title
    The Emperor's New Drugs
    Subtitle
    Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Irving Kirsch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 261 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847920836
    ISBN 10: 1847920837
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.5
    BIC subject category V2: VFJB
    DC22: 616.8527
    BIC subject category V2: KNDP
    BISAC V2.8: MED105020
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    The Bodley Head Ltd
    Publication date
    19 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Irving Kirsch is a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and a professor of psychology at Plymouth University, as well as professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Hull, and the University of Connecticut. He has published eight books and numerous scientific articles on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. His work has appeared in Science, Science News, New Scientist, New York Times, Newsweek, and BBC Focus and many other leading magazines, newspapers, and television documentaries.
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    Irving Kirsch is a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and a professor of psychology at Plymouth University, as well as professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Hull, and the University of Connecticut. He has published eight books and numerous scientific articles on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. His work has appeared in Science, Science News, New Scientist, New York Times, Newsweek, and BBC Focus and many other leading magazines, newspapers, and television documentaries.