The Resource Acceptable risks, Jonathan Kwitny

Acceptable risks, Jonathan Kwitny

Label
Acceptable risks
Title
Acceptable risks
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Kwitny
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this riveting story of two heroic men who changed government policy on experimental drugs for the dying, Jonathan Kwitny, one of America's foremost investigative journalists, delivers a hard-hitting indictment of the bureaucrats, doctors, scientists, and corporations that trade life for profit. In 1984, America became uneasily aware of a new disease known as acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome - AIDS. By the time it began to receive national media attention, thousands
  • had already died, and thousands more were infected. But the administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the public were unprepared to deal with this mysterious and deadly epidemic. Two men, Jim Corti and Martin Delaney, undertook the fight against the powerful establishment and its outmoded laws and conventions. Corti was a medical nurse; Delaney, a successful corporate consultant. Both gay, they began helping their
  • HIV-positive friends to secure promising anti-AIDS drugs. Soon, the two were running a law-defying, worldwide drug smuggling ring, bringing hope and sometimes relief to the desperately ill, all the while fighting the drug companies, teaching hospitals, and government bureaucrats committed to preserving the status quo. In Acceptable Risks, Jonathan Kwitny brilliantly illuminates the complex human issues of Corti and Delaney's courageous guerrilla rebellion to force the
  • government to change its procedures for approving drugs not only for those affected by AIDS, but for all terminally ill patients whose health might be improved by or prolonged by drugs needlessly delayed under federal testing requirements. Kwitny shows how the medical community prevents the use of experimental drugs in order to protect research dollars and patents, even at the cost of patients' lives; how officials at the FDA impede or deny the use of drugs to protect
  • their power base; how major pharmaceutical companies manipulate federal policy to protect their profits; and how the media often distort information to support their own biases. Drawing on the extraordinary experiences of Corti and Delaney, crucial FDA hearings and internal policy disputes, and eye-opening, often shocking, interviews with the principal players, Kwitny addresses some of our nation's most serious health care problems and exposes a system that harmed those
  • it intended to help. He also vividly demonstrates what is exemplary about America: two citizens, at considerable risk and sacrifice, can take on a powerful government agency and, against all odds, succeed in changing its present - and future - policies
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Acceptable risks, Jonathan Kwitny
Publication
Copyright
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • HOU-CEN
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm25964563
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
466 pages
Isbn
9780671732448
Lccn
92017548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u319401
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25964563
  • (Sirsi) a319401

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