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 […]
Samizdat has just launched The Decapitation of Care on Amazon — in English (print and kindle) and La santé décapitée in French (kindle) with French print in a few days time and El Fin Del Cuidado; Una breve historia del auge y caída de la atención médica in Spanish both print and kindle very soon after. […]
Can anything in healthcare be worse than pushing children into suicide while pretending that the pills are as attractive as candy? I don’t think so. These drugs are being widely used in children and young people. According to the book, aside from contraceptives, they have become the most commonly prescribed drugs in adolescent girls in Britain, and the usage is increasing. The fact that leading professors in psychiatry in most countries still claim that the drugs protect against suicide shows a profession in ethical free fall that has allowed itself to become corrupted by the siren songs from the drug industry.
Patrick Hahn PhD has an excellent new book, Prescription for Sorrow: Antidepressants, Suicide and Violence, that does a very good job updating the misery caused by modern antidepressants. That these drugs are doing more harm than good cannot be doubted.
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
Canada put Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation in place in June 2016. This allowed for medical assistance in dying in cases where death was reasonably foreseeable. In 2019, in Truchon v Attorney General of Canada, the Superior Court of Québec declared the “reasonable foreseeability” criterion unconstitutional. This decision forced a review of the original legislation.
The provision of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is under review in Canada with debate about access for patients with mental illness.
An amendment to the draft legislation eliminating the exclusion of people with mental illness was proposed by Senator Stan Kutcher, arguing mental illness is as real as physical illness, that it can lead to great distress and people taking their own life in any event.
Fiction: A Break in the Wall by Bruce D. Lachter
A Break in the Wall is at once a bold satire of contemporary psychiatry, and a chronicle of the hubris of the wounded healer. Death is not the only ending. There is also madness, which, like prison, is easier to enter than to leave… A Break in the Wall by Bruce D. Lachter (Author)
Prescription for Sorrow: A book review by Mira de Vries, MeTZelf
Read this book first. SSRIs, falsely called antidepressants, are poisons. They do not relieve depression but do have grave undesirable effects, including homicidal and suicidal behavior.
This is Hahn’s message, told very well. His style is direct and concise, without the fancy language that inflates other works on this subject. See more…