Deadly Monopolies

Deadly Monopolies

The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself, and the Consequences for your Health and Our Medical Future

Book - 2011
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From the award-winning author of Medical Apartheid , an exposé of the rush to own and exploit the raw materials of life--including yours.

Think your body is your own to control and dispose of as you wish? Think again. The United States Patent Office has granted at least 40,000 patents on genes controlling the most basic processes of human life, and more are pending. If you undergo surgery in many hospitals you must sign away ownership rights to your excised tissues, even if they turn out to have medical and fiscal value. Life itself is rapidly becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the medical- industrial complex.

Deadly Monopolies is a powerful, disturbing, and deeply researched book that illuminates this "life patent" gold rush and its harmful, and even lethal, consequences for public health. It examines the shaky legal, ethical, and social bases for Big Pharma's argument that such patents are necessary to protect their investments in new drugs and treatments, arguing that they instead stifle the research, competition, and innovation that can drive down costs and save lives. In opposing the commodification of the body, Harriet Washington provides a crucial human dimension to an often all-too-abstract debate.

Like the bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , Deadly Monopolies reveals in shocking detail just how far the profit motive has encroached in colonizing human life and compromising medical ethics. It is sure to stir debate--and instigate change.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2011
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385528924
Branch Call Number: 338.476151 WAS
Characteristics: 433 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 13, 2018

“No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer.” (Thomas Brown, Religio Medici)

“Should”, I wish (considering human nature).

Chapter by chapter, I screamed “Murderers”(as if to someone specific), a respite taken at Epilogue where solutions (not against human nature) shown effective.

An ultimate read of a true, deep, and comprehensive account on drug industry and medical research in our time.

bgv69 Oct 01, 2015

Dear Baby Boomers, please read this book ! You created the mess, now look who is going to go under the knife. There are a few good books about the pharma industry and I recommend this one in full.

Feb 10, 2014

A well-written, well-thought out book which, taken with Merrill Goozner's "The $800 Million Pill" will endow the reader with an encyclopedic range of the problem.

ashwinsawant Nov 08, 2011

Left-wing rant about how companies are all out to target the blacks and the tribals. 'Gimme, gimme' mentality; Harriet Washington wants everything to be free for the liberals to take. Would have gone into the trash basket but alas, it was a library copy.

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