Author Archives: Alison Bass

A review of two new books that attack the DSM-5, psychiatry’s “bible”

Share I reviewed two books now circulating about the DSM and the current controversy over the DSM-5 for The American Scholar — see review here. The two books are The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by … Continue reading

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Plot twists in Soderbergh’s new movie Side Effects strain belief

Share I went to see Steven Soderbergh’s new film, Side Effects, with anticipation and dread. The movie, after all, carries the same name as my 2008 book, Side Effects and from what I could tell of the trailers, its plot … Continue reading

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One solution to prescription drug overdoses: make Oyxcontin and similar drugs safer

Share In my previous blogs about West Virginia’s shockingly high rate of prescription drug overdoses — the Mountain State has the second highest rate of overdoses in the nation — I focused on “the culture of disability” that created this … Continue reading

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West Virginia’s prescription drug problem: a gift from the coal mining industry?

Share Ever heard of the term “culture of disability?” It was first coined by Judith Greenwood, who published a paper in the ’80s about how the coal mining industry in West Virginia, because the jobs were so difficult and dangerous, … Continue reading

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Falsely inflated statistics about sex trafficking in the U.S. make bad policy and laws

Share Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said that a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes? I thought of his famous quote when my husband passed along a link he had … Continue reading

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Why West Virginia has second highest rate of prescription drug overdoses in the nation

Share Did you know that West Virginia has the second highest rate of deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the country? I didn’t, until I moved to the Mountain State to live and work and became curious as to what … Continue reading

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Martin Keller, principal investigator of Paxil study 329, retires from Brown University

Share I just learned that Dr. Martin Keller, principal investigator of the controversial Paxil study 329, has retired from his position as a professor of psychiatry at Brown University — see here. As Pharmalot notes, Keller quietly retired June 30 in … Continue reading

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Calls for action against authors of controversial Paxil study are getting louder

Share In the wake of GlaxoSmithKline’s record-breaking $3 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a number of psychiatrists and researchers have redoubled their efforts to get Paxil study 329 retracted. As mentioned here and in other news accounts, the … Continue reading

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Why academic researchers involved in fraudulent Paxil study escape scrutiny

Share The Chronicle of Higher Education this week ponders why various universities have taken no action against the academic researchers who co-authored the notorious Paxil study that formed the crux of GlaxoSmithKline’s recent $3 billion settlement with the Department of … Continue reading

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Moving to the Mountain State lock stock but no barrels…

Share For those of you haven’t heard, I’ve accepted a tenure-track teaching position in the School of Journalism at West Virginia University and am moving to Morgantown — see WVU’s announcement here. With all the packing and unpacking the move … Continue reading

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