Bad Pharma: How Medicine is broken, and how we can fix it – Ben Goldacre
Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying …
Martin Arrowsmith studies medicine in the twenties of the last century, but gets hooked to doing lab research. His role model and mentor is the German exile bacteriologist Max Gottlieb, from whom he learns the trade of rigorous experimentation. Martin gets less interested in becoming a physician and criticises medicine to be largely unscientific. His dilemma is that he wants to marry and has to face the fact that doctors earn much more than scientists.
Arrowsmith becomes a country physician and develops a passion for public health. He fails in both – mainly because he lacks the necessary political skills – and becomes a pathologist. He still does some scientific research and switches to being a fulltime scientist when Gottlieb offers the option. Martin almost is the first to descibe bacteriophages, but a French colleague publishes first. Then the plague strikes in the Caribean. Martin struggles with the conflict of interest between compassionate care and rigorous experimentation. His wife Leora dies from the plague and our hero falls apart. Martin gets more isolated and ends up as a weird scientist in the woods of Vermont.
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