There are 2 more Riffs on Children of the Cure, with more on the way and 1 on The Decapitation of Care. The image above isn’t quite right – might be better to have Lilly, Pfizer, Merck and GSK represented on the name plates. The illustrations in the Riffs however are the usual compelling imagery from Bill James.
Patrick Hahn who has been writing extensively on aspects of the history of mental health, and who hopefully has a forthcoming book, Prescription for Sorrow, with Samizdat has written about Vickie, under the heading Paxil turned me into a Monster. This is featured on the Samizdat site but can be accessed from the link there.
Annie Bevan who has been one of the most regular contributors to RxISK.org and David Healy.org in a piece called Shock Waves has covered her own history, likely the history of many people, which brings into the frame news this week of just how stacked against ordinary folk the system is – just as much in Europe as in North America. Also on Samizdat and here.
Kent Winward has written a piece on The Decapitation of Care under the title My Wife was Poisoned. I only came across this by accident, and had not heard of Kent Winward before, but it beautifully catches some of the key points behind the book.
There are two more Riffs in waiting and last weeks The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – see The Spooking of Ichabod Crane – has been put on two listserves read by people who have lived through the events from the academic, journal editor and pharmaceutical industry side, just the opposite side to Annie this week and Heather two weeks ago, and Jim Gottstein and Bill Bigley also, – it will be interesting to see what Riffs, if any, come from the other side.
Meanwhile we are moving closer and closer to the publication of Malcharist – what’s in a name? One of the features of this extraordinary book is it has a series of jigsaw pieces that fit together in a number of different ways with each configuration working equally well and coming to the same ending – but what happens at the end? Who are the Damned and who are the Saved?
Beyond Malcharist, Patrick Hahn has a book which will come out, under the Samizdat imprint, soon afterwards, and before the year ends Samizdat hopes to publish The Shipwreck of the Singular for which The Decapitation of Care was a trailer.
Meanwhile, The Illusion of Evidence Based Medicine, The Zyprexa Papers and Children of the Cure provide the greatest trove of documents about the pharmaceutical industry there is with each book acting as a guide – not telling you what the documents mean but telling you how they came about and the impact on peoples lives from companies viewing the medicines they make in the way these documents suggest they have been viewing them – not the kind of thing you’d expect in the Temple of Medicine, so much as a means of money making or rent extraction.