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Overdosed America : The Broken Promise of American Medicine

by John Abramson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
According to Abramson, Americans are overmedicated and overmedicalized as a
result of the commercialization of health care. Falling prey to marketing
campaigns, we demand unnecessary and expensive drugs and procedures, believing
they constitute the best possible medical care. Wrong, says Abramson: though
more post–heart attack procedures are performed in the U.S. than in Canada,
one-year survival rates are the same. Similarly, notes Abramson, a former family
practitioner who teaches at Harvard Medical School, we spend more on high-tech
neonatology than other Western countries but have a higher infant-mortality rate
because of inattention to low-tech prenatal care. Abramson deconstructs the
scientific sleight of hand in presenting clinical trial results that leads to
the routine prescription of pricey cholesterol-lowering drugs even when their
effectiveness has not been proven; he examines what he calls "supply-sensitive
medical services"—the near-automatic use of medical technologies, such as
cardiac catheterization, less because they are needed than because they are
available. Abramson's bottom line: "More care doesn't necessarily mean better
care." Arguing firmly that doctors should focus more on lifestyle changes to
improve health, Abramson seems less credible when he writes off depression as
"exercise-deficiency disease" and disposes of cancer in little more than a page.
Still, he makes a powerful and coherent case that American medicine has gone
badly astray and needs a new paradigm—one untainted by profits.

The Oregonian (Portland)
"Abramson’s book will have you rethinking your relationship with your doctor and
your health." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins (September 21, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060568534



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