Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future

Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future By Harriet A. Washington, From the award winning author of Medical Apartheid, an expos 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 are pending If you uFrom the award winning author of Medical Apartheid, an expos 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 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.. Deadly Monopolies The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future From the award winning author of Medical Apartheid an expos 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

  • Title: Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future
  • Author: Harriet A. Washington
  • ISBN: 9780385528924
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future”

    1. A very dense, very depressing book The best of the analysis is in Chapters 2 4, which discuss the monopolization of the pharmaceutical industry, the inflation of drug prices, the crowding out of research and innovation by patents, and the proliferation of unethical drug development practices I was less satisfied with the later chapters on biocolonialism, and Washington s proposals in the Epilogue her proposals for legal reform are not nearly radical enough to address the scope of the problems ra [...]

    2. Absolutely phenomenal account of the havoc that the medical industrial complex is wrecking in both developing countries and medicalized America.

    3. One night as you are walking down a street, you get hit by a car As the rescue squad takes you to the hospital, you may be given an experimental drug without your consent In the operating room, tissue, blood or some other part of your body can be removed and sold by the hospital, again, without your consent If you die and an autopsy is done, the coroner might remove your heart valves, corneas or skin to sell to a medical supply company, without your consent Most Americans would be surprised to l [...]

    4. This is a very worrying look at the marriage between big business and medical research, and the effects some good, some bad that they are having on the fields of public health and medicine On the one hand, researchers have an increased pool of resources to conduct their work.On the other hand, genes and other bodily functions can be patented, pharmaceutical prices are forced up to unfathomably high levels, and very treatable diseases are left to ravage the poorest areas of the world, all in the [...]

    5. Too many minor factual errors made me wary of taking this book at face value, and I gave up on it It s a great subject, though

    6. This book provides a ton of essential information about the medical industry that will really give you a new perspective on it all, but it is incredibly dense and filled with medical, legal, and technical jargon that is difficult to follow at times I wish this book had been written with the average person in mind.

    7. I put this one on hold since it s a fairly cynical, if honest, look at the current state of affairs in big pharma, patents, and how this affects one s access to health care I was reading it pre surgery and didn t think I was doing myself any favors I got about 220 pages into this 350 page book, and here are my thoughts.If you re not fascinated by the subject matter, like many works of non fiction, you may get bored I, however, found the depth of the information fascinating and the synthesis of t [...]

    8. I didn t get to finish this because someone had a hold on it at the library and my 2 weeks were up Difficult to rate The information was fascinating and well researched, but the introduction was very heavy handed and I always feel like that weakens the persuasive power of any book This is a topic that is personal to me and Washington s views on the current state of the industry are similar to my own, but I think I don t care for the writing Probably will not pick this one up again, though I d de [...]

    9. An eye opening look inside the medical industrial complex that will leave you shocked, saddened and infuriated by the legislation, policies and practices that enable the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to place profit over safety and our individual and collective public health I will never look at the FDA, university research labs, clinical trials, etc the same light Next time I m at the doctor I might just be compelled to ask what they do with the foreskins from male circumcisions.

    10. Most people won t find the core concepts of this book shocking that universities accept corporate funding for research, that drug patents can be used to restrict beneficial medication, that big pharma doesn t always have your best interests at heart But there are plenty of cautionary tales and frightening case studies here that may make everyone rethink their jaded assumptions A good book for anyone in the fields of patent law, healthcare, pharma, or university research.

    11. This was a tedious and confusing book overall, but the biggest problem was the poor sourcing and falsehoods There is no smallpox in the developing world There are no terminator seeds And those were only the simple situations This author should have been able to know better But she clearly has an agenda and facts were no barrier to her.

    12. This book was a biased look at the corporations that control a lot of healthcare spending Pharma, genetics in the US and other parts of the world But even if you recognize that it is one sided, the control that these corporations have and the tricks that they play, should keep you up at night with anger.

    13. It is amazing how the idea of making money can wild excesses that have nothing to do with a decent living but screwing as many as possible This is a very informative, well written and documented study.

    14. This is a great book about the flaws of patents and how pharmaceuticals have become very good at this game of patenting everything including human genes This help explains the consistent high returns in this industry sector to invest in

    15. I liked it I learned is that our tax dollars are being used at universities for medical research, corporations are getting involved, taking the products of that research, patenting it, and then making tons of money.

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