This week Samizdat publishes its Fourth book – Prescription for Sorrow by Patrick Hahn, following on the heels of its Third book, the best-selling Malcharist. Jim Gottsteins’s The Zyprexa Papers is an honorary Fifth.
The book is immediately available on Amazon and we will look to get it installed on Kobo and Lulu also. For the moment therefore it may not be available in Australia and in the sweltering heat there at the moment, Australians will have to do with the likely intensely desirable images of cool water to keep them going.
To my surprise Samizdat has so far been selling more print copies than epubs. Whichever you opt for, any of the 5, or all 5 of the Samizdat books, would make a great holiday present – a wonderful package to start the New Year with or perhaps even a vaccine against viral disinformation.
What’s in the Prescription. Well a lot of the topics are things I know a lot about – Hahn covers the discovery of the antidepressants, details about the risk of dependence on them and what was known when – but he told me about details I knew nothing about and illuminated angles I hadn’t considered.
Beyond this he made me aware of cases I knew nothing about like the tragic tale of Michelle Carter who ended up on trial for the death of a boyfriend in the most bizarre circumstances. It is difficult to imagine a stranger case or stranger judicial process.
This is a book crammed full of interviews with key players and references – too much detail to fit on the label of this Prescription or in this Direct to Consumer Advertisement. But here is the back cover and some inside praise.
“A comprehensive and disturbing analysis of possibly the greatest medical
scandal of our times. Patrick Hahn leaves no stone unturned in his search
for the truth and the guilty parties.”
John Read, editor of Models of Madness
Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London
“A startling tale of psychiatric hubris, corporate greed, and media ineptitude,
destined to rival Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic as one of
the most important books on the rise of antidepressants and societal harm
in the twenty-first century.”
Bruce Cohen, author of Psychiatric Hegemony
Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland