Stop the abuse, Start the healing
Book List - Medical/psychiatric
Updated May 13, 2007
"In fact, statistics indicate that about
10,000 Canadians die each year as the result of medical errors made in hospitals."
- Chestnut Publishing Group re: Susan McIver's book Medical Nightmares: The
Human Face of Errors
errors kill thousands - U.S. Health programs told to tighten procedures to reduce
Newspaper article The Hamilton Spectator December
"The wave of attention to medical errors comes one week
after an Institute of Medicine report found that preventable mistakes kill 44,000
to 98,000 people a year and add $17 billion to $29 billion to America's health
bill." [But the issue] "is about far more than dollars or statistics,
it's about the toll that such errors take on people's lives and on their faith
in our health care system," Clinton said.
In The Name of Help a
novel exposing psychiatric abuse
In the tradition of One Flew
Over The Cuckoo's Nest
A chilling expose of the all-too-common savage
abuses of psychiatric treatment.
Diane Klein's research took her inside many
mental institutions, and through volumes of
terrifying data. These
discoveries led her to write the book In The Name of Help.
fiction, In The Name of Help has the loud ring of truth [about] psychiatric
which are continuing today in virtually every 'mental health'
facility in the United States and Canada.
Klein has made an important
contribution to our continuing struggle against psychiatric fascism and for human
rights." - Don Weitz,
Radio Producer and Coeditor of Shrink Resistant:
The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada
Now available at the Hamilton
- Overdosed America : The Broken Promise of
by John Abramson
Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It
by Marcia Angell, M.D.
"The pharmaceutical industry
claims to be a high-risk business, but year after year, drug companies have higher
profits than those in any other industry - by a long shot."
to popular belief, big drug companies spend far less on research and development
than on marketing."
"Drug companies promote disease to match their
"Drug companies have substantial control over clinical trials
of their drugs."
- Randon House, New York
Disease and Pushing Pills
by Jorg Blech
by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
Peter Breggin, described as "the conscience of American psychiatry,"*
speaks out on why therapy, empathy, and love must replace the drugs, electroshock,
and biochemical theories of the "New Psychiatry." - *Bertram P. Karon
- Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric
by Peter R. Breggin M.D. and David Cohen Ph.D.
War Against Children: How the drugs, programs, and theories of the psychiatric
establishment are threatening America's children with a medical 'cure' for violence.
by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. and Ginger
- They Say
You're Crazy: How The World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal
by Paula J. Caplan, M.D.
Paula Caplan says it's sometimes
frightening how psychiatric diagnoses are invented ... how "subjective, political
and personal agenda are dressed up in the lab coats of science and offered to
the public as truth."* - Bettie Bradley What if they say you're crazy?
Article in You Magazine's Winter 1995 issue
- The Big Fix:
How the Pharmaceutical Industry Rips Off American Consumers (Publicaffairs Reports)
by Katharine Greider
- On The Take:
How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health
by Jerome Kassirer
Us Crazy - DSM: The Psychiatric Bible And The Creation Of Mental Disorders
by Herb Kutchins and Stuart A. Kirk
health books are as provocative and will be as widely discussed as Making Us Crazy.
This insightful and lively book describes the political struggles that surround
the decisions about what goes into the APA's psychiatric bible and explains why
we should all feel uneasy about psychiatry's attempt to define more and more behaviours
as mental disorders." - Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., Dean And Professor, School
of Social Work,
The University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
- The Medical Mafia: How to get out of it and take back our health &
by Guylaine Lanctot, M.D.
Nightmares: The Human Face of Errors
by Sussan B. McIver
"Written by a coroner, this book contains lifesaving lessons and recommendations
on what can be done to reduce the incidence of these often preventable tragedies."
-Chestnut Publishing Group
- Cured to Death: The
Effects of Prescription Drugs
by Arabella Melville & Colin Johnson
"In the United States it has been calculated that
more people are killed each year by prescribed drugs than by accidents on the
road. This important book demonstrates that Western medicine has made a
fundamental error in allowing itself to become reliant on the univeral use of
- Stein and Day Publishers
for Disaster: The Hidden Dangers In Your Medicine Cabinet
"Tom Moore is simply the best medical
writer in America today. This book should make everybody do more than read
the label before the next pill. We should begin asking questions about how
those pills got on the shelf in the first place." - Seymour M. Hersh
- Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies
Are Turning Us All Into Patients
by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels
- Safety Last: The Failure
of the Consumer Health Protection System in Canada
by Nicholas Regush
"In Safety Last, author Nicholas Regush explodes
the comfortable myth that government agencies protect the health and safety of
Canadians by stringently reviewing new medical and pharmaceutical products.
In fact, Regush demonstrates that the Health Protection Branch is in a mess.
The research of competent scientists is frequently ignored, funds for proper screening
are regularly cut back, and senior managers systematically pursue policies intended
to please industry."
- Key Porter Books Ltd.
The Ultimate Betrayal
by Bruce Wiseman
the Ultimate Betrayal tracks this destructive force from its historical beginnings,
lays bare its web of influence, and reveals the actions we must take to survive
as a society. Once you understand what happened, and why, the world will never
look the same to you again. And once you understand why it is still happening,
you will want to do something about it. Now you can. Yes, our world is in trouble,
but you can help it." (back cover)
Check out Health Canada's Canadian Adverse Reactions Newsletter
(quarterly online publication)
- Worst Pills,
Best Pills: A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness
by Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., Larry D. Sasich, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Rose-Ellen Hope,
R.Ph., and Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Pills, Best Pills gives you the information you need to become actively involved
in caring for yourself- by asking your doctor smart questions about the drugs
prescribed for you.
It offers chapters on adverse drug reactions, alphabetical
indexes listing pills by their brand and generic names, new information about
commonly used drugs, guidelines for helping you to say "no" if your
doctor prescribes a drug you should not take, and safer alternative choices.
Worst Pills, Best Pills also includes startling information about certain drugs
that can actually CAUSE depression, hallucinations or psychoses, sexual dysfunction,
dementia, auto accidents, insomnia, parkinsonism, and more."
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