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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (Aug. 28 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846198844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846198847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Professor Peter C Gotzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; he worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. He co- founded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen. Peter Gotzsche has published more than 50 papers in 'the big fi ve' (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientifi c works have been cited over 10 000 times. Peter Gotzsche has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co- authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort- statement. org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe- statement.org), PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta- analyses (www.prisma- statement.org), and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit- statement.org). Peter Gotzsche is an editor in the Cochrane Methodology Review Group.


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By Mira de Vries TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 15 2016
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Gøtzsche is not using "organised crime" as a metaphor or allegory. He means what the title states literally: the pharmaceutical industry *is* organized crime.

The centerpiece of the US Organized Crime Control act from 1970 is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Racketeering is the act of engaging in a certain type of offense more than once. The list of offenses that constitute racketeering include extortion, fraud, federal drug offenses, bribery. embezzlement, obstruction of justice, obstruction of law enforcement, tampering with witnesses, and political corruption. Big pharma does so much of this all the time that there can be no doubt that its business model fulfils the criteria for organised crime.

Most of the book is an account of all the various ways that these offenses are committed. It differs from the many other books written on the subject (a few of which are reviewed on this site) in the quantity of details and sources. It is also more thorough by dealing with drugs directed at both somatic medicine and psychiatry. As the stack of books exposing pharma grows taller, the accusations grow bolder and more shocking.

The result of these crimes is a major onslaught on our health. "In the United States and Europe, [prescription] drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer." He doesn't mention the massive pollution of our water and food supplies by the excreted drugs.

Even if only a fraction of Gøtzsche’s claims were true, it would still demonstrate what a danger the medical-pharmaceutical industry poses to our health.

So what should we do about it? Like other authors, Gøtzsche cannot resist calling for better government regulation as though that has ever worked.
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This book should be on every med school curriculum and required reading for every citizen. As a doctor myself, I knew that the corruption of the healthcare system by the drug companies was bad, but I didn't know how bad. Gotzsche's book lifts the curtain on every dirty trick the drug companies use to co-opt medical researchers and, being the researcher he is, he backs every statement up with references. Sadly, we have to come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as 'evidenced-based' medicine. Medications have been formulated for optimum outcome; it's just that this outcome is for maximum financial benefit of the drug companies and has nothing to do whatsoever with the healthful improvement of the patient.
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When you have read this dokument, you understand why the Big Pharma is unable to sue him in court.
He has 900 hard referencies, so they dare not meet him in court. Check your own medics on Cochrane.org.
I can also rekommend F William Engdahls Seeds of destruction, about Monsanto and Rockefeller. This is
a pair of books you should not miss if you want the truth abobut Big Business and all the lies behind it.
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Excellent book. The latest of its genre on the pharmaceutical industry's grip on research, on the health of persons, and on the medical profession and the way medicine is practised. Like all other books before it, Gotzche fails to come up with a solution.
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I am immensely grateful to Peter Gotzsche for having written this extraordinarily courageous and fascinating book. This is a case where reality surpasses your worse nightmares.
Dr Gotzsche is the Snowden of medicine.
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A fascinating read. Whilst I have always questioned every script that I have been given, I will question every one with far mor rigour in the future.

We must change our concept of medicine and rely less on "easy" ways of getting better with pills and work harder on preventing disease .
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