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The Bookshelf: Nov. 8, 2016

In this week’s Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Pharmageddon: A Nation Betrayed.

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PHARMAGEDDON: A NATION BETRAYED: A National Trial Lawyer Reveals an Industry Spinning Out of Control 

by Stephen A. Sheller, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

A book offers a critique of the pharmaceutical industry from a lawyer who battled it. Sheller, an attorney with nearly a half-century of professional experience, spent a good deal of his career exposing Big Pharma’s more nefarious practices in court. Time and again, Sheller uncovered a pattern of behavior that prioritized profit over consumer safety, facilitated by a collusion between politicians, regulatory agencies, medical professionals, and pharmaceutical companies, leaving the public woefully vulnerable. The first chapter is far too digressive, but the remainder of the book furnishes relentlessly meticulous analysis, producing an impressive marriage of investigative journalism, legal scholarship, and public policy.

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