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Book Title: White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine|
The author of the book: Carl Elliott
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.23 MB
Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: September 14th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780807061428
Read full description of the books White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine: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, 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 rogue’s 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.
Read information about the authorCarl Elliott prefers to write about himself in the third person in order to give the impression that he is too important to write his own biography. A native of South Carolina, Elliott currently teaches bioethics and philosophy at the University of Minnesota. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, Slate, The London Review of Books, and The New England Journal of Medicine. His younger brother ridicules him periodically at the website http://wwww.whitecoatblackhat.com.
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