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"Greene provides suggestions on how to address some of the problems inherent in medical prevention."

"Shows how the process of defining disease 'illustrates the porous relationship between the science and the marketing of health care.'"

"A gripping story... Greene warns us in his superb book that things are not always as they are claimed."

"This is, I believe, one of the best, and most significant, books published recently on the development of medical practice and the pharmaceutical industry in the USA in the second half of the twentieth century."

"Greene focuses on the question of how public health priorities became closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry's marketing practices... Offers a nuanced description of the development of 'therapeutics of risk reduction' with multiple lines of influence, subtle power shifts, and gains and losses for patients and physicians."

"Greene describes the relationship between advances in treatment, the incentives of manufacturers, and the effect on the public of increased attention to prevention... The risk-benefit trade-offs of the quantitative approach are complex, and Greene's historical revelations are timely."

"The interaction between medical science and industry has been fruitfully explored by several excellent historians... but Greene's intricate narratives extend their work."

"I heartily recommend this book."

"By the end of Prescribing by Numbers, one realizes it is an excellent book to think with. Greene uses his case studies to juxtapose the therapeutics of risk with more contemporary health dilemmas."

"Greene's nuanced and lucid research yields new insight into the mechanisms that linked specific medications to the management of particular chronic diseases in the postwar era."

"An insightful, engrossing exploration of how our notions of 'disease' have evolved—with profound implications for understanding the health care of today and tomorrow."

"What is remarkable about this book is not just the grace and assurance of Greene's writing, but the way Greene combines an insider's view of medical practice and pharmaceutical marketing with much broader social currents. It is an extraordinarily impressive work of scholarship."

"Greene’s historical account of our brave new world of drug-driven risk reduction is troubling and calls for some response. Both the scholarly depth and balanced tone of Prescribing by Numbers suggests that rather than simply rooting out bad actors and unethical practices, we must grapple with the very values and structural forces that are central to medical care and health today."

Prescribing by Numbers
Drugs and the Definition of Disease
Publication Date: 15 Dec 2008
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 336 pages
Illustrations: 10 halftones, 3 line drawings
ISBN: 9780801891007