White Coat, Black Hat
Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine
By Carl Elliott
(Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807061442, 213pp.)
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
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By New Yorker and Atlantic writer Carl Elliott, a readable and even funny account of the serious business of medicine.
A tongue-in-cheek account of the changes that have transformed medicine into big business. Physician and medical ethicist Carl Elliott tracks the new world of commercialized medicine from start to finish, introducing the professional guinea pigs, ghostwriters, thought leaders, drug reps, public relations pros, and even medical ethicists who use medicine for (sometimes huge) financial gain. Along the way, he uncovers the cost to patients lost in a health-care universe centered around consumerism.