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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg

I was attracted to The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg by Doug Bremner because it is the story of the psychiatrist who took down Accutane.  You know, that drug that the pharmaceutical companies don't want you to believe changes brain composition and causes depression?  Doug Bremner was that very psychiatrist and faced demons of his own, both professionally and personally.

You may remember the whole, "No one really knows..." news segments about this drug.  However, reading this book confirmed my suspicions that what you see released to news sources is exactly what they with the most money want you to hear, see, and believe--the spin.  You may or may not believe it, but you have to respect that most Americans do believe what their newscasters tell them.  I stand by Bremner in this book--his observations and his research, but most of all his assertion that this drug severely alters brain chemistry.  Thank you for your research, sir, and thank you for all of the crap you took from everyone in order to bring this research to light.  You have saved lives.

To be clear, the dialogue in this book is often stilted and unnatural.  Bremner is clearly a research writer and not a story teller, but don't let that take away from the important parts of this book, namely that of his research and his testimony. 

Side note.  One thing I learned that I had no clue about was that Ancestry.com was founded by members of the LDS church.  It turns out Mormon's have the largest ancestral records known to man and this is how the website got started.  Huh.  Who would've known?

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