Book Note: Unhinged – Could it get any worse?

August 22, 2010

Recently completed a fascinating book by Dr. Daniel Carlat: Unhinged The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis. 

Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis

If you’ve seen my thoughts in a previous post about Dr. Barbara Angel’s book The Truth About the Drug Companies, much of what Dr. Carlat has to say will be familiar to you. What is noteworthy about this book, though, is that he recounts his experience as, essentially a Dr. Drug Rep for Wyeth (now part of Pfizer). In it you’ll find how the profession psychiatry has been utterly co-opted the pharmaceutical companies. Also for an eye-opening look at how some in the medical profession have sold out their patients, read Carlat’s article linked to above in the NYT Magazine.

Now with all this pharma-bashing, you’d think I’m just offering to rid the world of this scourge. Please understand that I am not. However, the practices that have been exposed time and time again have to stop. The first essential step in the process is for medical profession regains its professionalism in this regard (see Dr. Arnold Relman’s A Second Opinion). The other thing that has to happen is we as patients need to be better informed so we are able to look out for best interests. Be sure to ask the important questions about any drugs that are prescribed to you.

Oh, if you’re not so much into the reading thing, there’s an interview of Dr. Carlat from Fresh Air which was broadcast in July 2010.

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