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    Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression (Medicine, Culture, and History) (Paperback) By (author) David Healy

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    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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    Title
    Let Them Eat Prozac
    Subtitle
    The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Healy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 490 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780814736975
    ISBN 10: 0814736971
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.2
    Ingram Subject Code: HL
    BIC subject category V2: MMG
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    B&T General Subject: 180
    BISAC V2.8: PSY036000
    Libri: I-HL
    BISAC V2.8: SEL011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26990
    BISAC V2.8: MED071000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: KNDP
    BISAC V2.8: MED105000, MED105020, PSY049000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MED072000, HEA028000, BUS070050
    DC22: 616.8527061, 616.85/27061
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: RM332 .H423 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: VFJB, MBP, VSP, JMP, MKG, KND, MQP
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    New York University Press
    Imprint name
    New York University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "A compelling story about mystery, deception, death, disappointment, vindication, and uncertainty." - American Psychological Association "Healy confirms his status as one longtime thorn in the side of big drug companies, recounting how he was initially enthusiastic about SSRIs but eventually grew concerned about their side effects." - Psychology Today "Physicians should be aware of Let Them Eat Prozac." - JAMA "Let Them Eat Prozac is a double-pronged exploration, first of the SSRI drugs used to treat depression, and second of the drug industry." - Publishers Weekly "Ultimately, the book is about science, society and the power and misuse of commercial promotion.... His investigation is impressive." - Nature "This very important book will demonstrate beyond your worst dreams that the commercial needs of Big Pharma are the natural-born enemy of independent scientific research." - John Le Carre"