Latest dog book review: Bad pharma

Dog book review announcement: Bad Pharma. How medicine is broken, and how we can fix it
By Laure-Anne Visele, March 2015

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About the review’s author: certified dog trainer in The Hague


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Bad Pharma: How medicine is broken, and how we can fix it

Another scathing book by Ben Goldacre.

This time, he points his sci-skept [did I just invent a new word there?] finger at the dodgy practices of the pharmaceutical industry: from brushing adverse effects under the carpet to exaggerating therapeutic benefits or bribing GP’s. A shocking and disheartening look at the mess that is the pharmaceutical industry. You will be outraged, but at least you will be informed.

Why is this relevant to dog behaviour? Because psychopharmacology is increasingly used as an adjuvant to behavioural therapies for dogs with severe behaviour problems. Behaviourists owe it to their patients to be minimally informed on the issues surrounding this controversial topic.

Lest you go all big-bad-modern-medicine-conspiracy-theory on me, do consider Ben Goldacre’s warnings not to fall into naturopathic extremes. As he puts it: “Problems in medicine do not mean that homeopathic sugar pills work; just because there are problems with aircraft design, that does not mean that magic carpets really fly.”

If I’ve whet your appetite, check the full review here.

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