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Books, Journals, New Media
December 15, 2004

Drugs and Depression

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(23):2919-2924. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2920

At the end of the preface to Let Them Eat Prozac, Dr David Healy quotes Gandhi: “He who would do a great evil must first of all convince himself he is doing a great good” and alerts the reader to consider the motives of “the players, my own included.” His cautionary note should be well heeded.

In the book, Healy describes what he believes has happened in the past quarter century with antidepressant medications, particularly the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry, psychiatry, and governmental regulatory agencies. Currently, there are reasons to carefully scrutinize antidepressant medication use. Published randomized controlled trials do not always show dramatic differences between treatment and control groups. Pharmaceutical companies have sponsored studies with negative results that have not been published.1

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