Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Ben Goldacre, Author, Jonathan Cowley, Narrated by
Ben Goldacre, read by Jonathan Cowley. Tantor Media, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hrs., $44.99 ISBN 978-1-4526-1169-3
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
Release date: 02/01/2013
In his latest, British physician and author Goldacre tackles the misdeeds of the pharmaceutical industry. As Goldacre presents a laundry list of flawed research projects, narrator Jonathan Cowley handles the author’s academic style with ease, never missing a beat. His precise annunciation matches the seriousness of the issues at hand, and he successfully balances the shifting tones of the narrative. Yet, as Goldacre recounts his adventures uncovering greed and corruption, Cowley ably takes on the author’s populist persona. Cowley especially entertains in sections devoted to industry schmoozing and networking, providing doses of humor to help bring home the author’s underlying messages. And if technical and scientific sections of the book make for a sometimes-demanding listening experience, Cowley’s winning reading helps broaden the appeal. A Faber & Faber hardcover. (Feb.)
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