White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine Carl Elliot

ISBN: 9781299561762

Published: May 10th 2014

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White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine  by  Carl Elliot

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliot
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9781299561762 | 10.21 Mb

Over the last twenty-five years, medicine and consumerism have been on an unchecked collision course, but, until now, the fallout from their impact has yet to be fully uncovered. A writer for The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, CarlMoreOver the last twenty-five years, medicine and consumerism have been on an unchecked collision course, but, until now, the fallout from their impact has yet to be fully uncovered.

A writer for The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, Carl Elliott ventures into the uncharted dark side of medicine, shining a light on the series of social and legislative changes that have sacrificed old-style doctoring to the values of consumer capitalism. Along the way, he introduces us to the often shifty characters who work the production line in Big Pharma: from the professional guinea pigs who test-pilot new drugs and the ghostwriters who pen scientific articles for drug manufacturers to the PR specialists who manufacture news bulletins. We meet the drug reps who will do practically anything to make quota in an ever-expanding arms race of pharmaceutical gift-giving- the thought leaders who travel the world to enlighten the medical community about the wonders of the latest release- even, finally, the ethicists who oversee all that commercialized medicine has to offer from their pharma-funded perches.Taking the pulse of the medical community today, Elliott discovers the culture of deception that has become so institutionalized many people do not even see it as a problem.

Head-turning stories and a rogues gallery of colorful characters become his springboard for exploring larger ethical issues surrounding money. Are there certain things that should not be bought and sold? In what ways do the ethics of business clash with the ethics of medical care? And what is wrong with medical consumerism anyway? Elliott asks all these questions and more as he examines the underbelly of medicine.



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