Coercive, medical model psychiatry can be dangerous to your health. The Zyprexa Papers by Jin Gottstein Book Review By Tom Sandborn The Zyprexa Papers, by James Gottstein, Anchorage Alaska, 232 pp., $17.50 (paperback), ISBN-10: 0578627264 Imagine this. Someone in your life finds you inordinately eccentric, annoying or alarming, and decides you have a “mental illness,” whatever […]
The Zyprexa Papers by Jim Gottstein BY BRUCE E. LEVINE On November 28, 2006, attorney Jim Gottstein received a phone call that would change his life. It would propel Gottstein into a legal war against the giant pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, who would retaliate against him for his release of Lilly’s own documents about its drug […]
A compelling, first-hand account of how a humble attorney manages to expose the rot inside Big Pharma The Zyprexa Papers by Jim Gottstein Book Review By Maryanne Demasi Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Online First Published December 29, 2020 Jim Gottstein, The Zyprexa Papers, Samizdat Health; 2020, 232 pages, $6.10 (Kindle), $ 17.50 (Paperback) ISBN: […]
Against all odds, Gottstein exposed the deception of a pharmaceutical giant and saved thousands of lives The Zyprexa Papers by Jim Gottstein A review by David Antonuccio, University of Nevada To me, The Zyprexa Papers reads like a combination between a Stephen King horror tale and a John Grisham legal thriller. I have met the […]
Producing such a book was an act of courage, determination, and humanity Shipwreck Review by Jon Thompson Shipwreck is a magnificent work, a tour-de-force of scientific and historical writing, and also of literature in its precision, clarity, breadth, depth, fast pace, compelling arguments, and wealth of metaphors and analogies throughout. The latter help focus readers’ […]
Malcharist… warns, educates, inspires. Malcharist tells stories mirroring the ugliness and craziness of health care Review by Gary Schwitzer I don’t read much fiction. Never have. As a journalist for 48 years, my mind and my eyes are focused on learning from history and reflecting on current events. But I’ve crossed paths with Paul John […]
By Patrick D Hahn
Hot on the heels of the publication of David Healy’s Shipwreck of the Singular comes a paper in Neuropsychopharmacology by Elan Cohen and seven of his colleagues which demonstrates why Shipwreck was needed in the first place.
Seven of the eight authors of the paper are drug company employees. The subject of the paper is the “mitigation” of the placebo response in placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials.
As Dr. Healy points out in Shipwreck, the placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial once was held up as a shield to protect us from useless or dangerous medicines but in fact has turned into a vehicle to deliver adverse consequences with impunity…
There are quite a few books published about the lack of benefit and harm caused by so-called “anti-depressants.” The fact that so many people have felt compelled to write such books is interesting in itself. Prescription for Sorrow, by Patrick Hahn, is simply the best one I have read. It is the most engaging and readable. This is aided by victim vignettes of real people killed by these drugs to make the data real.
A book review of “Prescription for Sorrow” by Jim Gottstein
Beginning in 2014, life expectancy in the United States dropped every year for five years straight. This was before the time of Covid, by the way. This is an absolutely unprecedented development which has been completely ignored by the mainstream media. What is behind this staggering drop in life expectancy? David Healy, a professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, points the finger at a health care system…
A book review of Shipwreck of the Singular
Prozac, arguably the most famous drug of our lifetimes, was never approved for sale.
by Paul John Scott
Rather, Prozac when combined with anti-anxiety medication was approved for sale. In an unpromising design that seems so very much at home with the rest of the strange deeds set forth in this clarifying, well-curated new book, for a third-to-half of the patients studied, the antidepressant fluoxetine was studied as part of a cocktail, even though the approval went to Prozac alone.
This was because, when taken by itself, Prozac made people too agitated.
Malcharist, by Paul John Scott, is a fictional account of one of psychiatry’s most influential key opinion leaders (KOLs), his ghostwriter, and a journalist on the trail of a big scandal in the world of Big Pharma. The story didn’t happen in reality, but Scott has done his homework in such a way that one of medicine’s darkest secrets is exposed in all of its sordid detail.
For those of us familiar with industry-sponsored clinical trials such as GlaxoSmithKline’s studies 329 and 352, it doesn’t take much imagination to draw analogies to an all-too-common theme: a psychiatrist and a ghostwriter who helped create an illusion. He takes all the credit for her labors and she disappears into the background. What is presented to the medical community, however, is a story of pharmaceutical marketing masquerading as science.
CounterPunch.org has just published a great review of The Zyprexa Papers, Jim Gottstein’s book about his battle over Zyprexa (Olanzapine) with drug marketing giant Eli Lilly. Written by Bruce E. Levine, a psychologist and social critic, the review addresses the broad social issues raised by Jim Gottstein’s story. “The Zyprexa Papers is not simply about the harm done by blockbuster psychiatric drugs and drug company illegal marketing. It is also about the perversion of the U.S. legal system, as Gottstein illuminates the courts’ use of secrecy orders in settlement agreements to the detriment of the public.”