Over the past fifteen years the number of prescriptions has increased threefold - an additional 300 million annually - so it is now not unusual for those in their seventies to be taking half a dozen (or more) different drugs. This might be justified were it driven by a flood of new, effective treatments for the relief of common medical conditions - but that is not the case.
There has been a fundamental shift in the rationale of drug treatment - we no longer only treat symptoms, we aim to control more aspects of physiology than ever before: blood pressure, glucose levels and cholesterol must all be brought within 'normal' levels in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Drugs, however, are not without side effects, and one in four acute admissions to hospitals are now caused by adverse reactions to medication.
Drawing on fifty years' experience in medical practice, James Le Fanu reveals the truth about medicine's metamorphosis from modest beginnings in alleviating pain to the massive global phenomenon it is today, sounds the alarm about the dangers of over-medication, and shows us how the future of medicine can be if we'd just stop taking the pills.
About the Author
Dr James Le Fanu is a practising GP in south-west London and has a huge popular following for his weekly medical columns in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph as well as writing for the Spectator
and GQ Magazine
. He is the author of the definitive The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine.
James Le Fanu meticulously dissects the science, spin and unethical practices -- Gavin Francis * The Times *
This is a profoundly disturbing book . . . written with a passionate clarity that illuminates the most complex matters -- Bryan Appleyard * The Sunday Times *
James Le Fanu is our most incisive medical journalist, and in his excellent new book he turns his attention to the dangerous and expensive phenomenon of over-prescribing . . . Too Many Pills is above praise for its clarity, its elegance of argumentation, its humanity and its uncommon common sense * Literary Review *
Le Fanu writes with great clarity. He makes complex synthesised data available and clear to the non-specialist, without ever dumbing down * Telegraph *
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 24th May 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1