The Danger Within Us

The Danger Within Us

America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It

Book - 2017
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A shocking exposé of the dangerously underregulated medical device industry, revealing the corruption, greed, and deceit that have helped make medical interventions a leading cause of death in America. Medical interventions kill more Americans each year than diabetes, murders, car accidents, and AIDS combined. In The Danger Within Us, award-winning journalist Jeanne Lenzer brings this horrifying statistic to life through the story of one working-class man who, after his 'cure' nearly kills him, embarks on a battle for justice against the wildly profitable and underexamined medical device industry. Tens of millions of Americans have medical devices inside them, from pacemakers and artificial hips to cardiac stents and breast implants. But what do we really know about the companies that manufacture and sell these products? As Lenzer follows our hero on his whistle-blowing crusade, she discovers an industry with a shocking lack of oversight and with corporate corruption, kickbacks, and elaborate cover-ups; an industry so powerful that the FDA, politicians, and even the Supreme Court bend to its will. The result? Millions of Americans are serving as unwitting test subjects to determine whether the devices in their bodies are safe. A meticulously researched and propulsive read that will make your blood boil, The Danger Within Us reveals the sickness of our greed-driven medical establishment and its unseen casualties, While it also points the way toward a cure, suggesting how we might reform the flawed systems we depend on for our very lives.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316343763
0316343765
Characteristics: 329 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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