|Author||Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels|
|Subject||Unnecessary health care|
|Publisher||Allen & Unwin (Australia); Nation Books (US)|
The book is organized as a series of case studies, each focused on a particular drug. Each chapter explores a different aspect of drug marketing, with evidence drawn from published editorials, news reports, academic journals, and, most interestingly, original interviews with physician-spokespersons and pharmaceutical sales experts.
Jennifer Barrett in Newsweek said that book was an examination of how the drug industry changed public perception of health care issues. A review for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said that the authors used "well-honed investigative skills" to "provide solid evidence for their claims". Another reviewer said that the book was a "spirited journalistic exposure of the methods used by the pharmaceutical industry to expand the market for its products" Cal Montgomery in Ragged Edge said that the book was " pitched for general audiences with no special training". The Consumers Health Forum of Australia review said that the book "presented convincing examples that support the idea that growing numbers of people are unnecessarily taking medicines." Judy Segal suggested in Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing that the book was "a wonderful resource for teaching rhetoric of science"; she generally praised the journalistic approach, but noted that "one might wonder if the authors are sufficiently even-handed in their reporting".
Selling Sickness documentary
A Selling Sickness documentary was made as a film companion to the book. Of the film, a reviewer said that "although its critical intent is apparent throughout, it provides a complex account."
- Moynihan, R.; Heath, I.; Henry, D. (2002). "Selling sickness: The pharmaceutical industry and disease mongering * Commentary: Medicalisation of risk factors". BMJ. 324 (7342): 886–891. doi:10.1136/bmj.324.7342.886. PMC 1122833. PMID 11950740.
- Moynihan, R.; Henry, D. (2006). "The Fight against Disease Mongering: Generating Knowledge for Action". PLoS Medicine. 3 (4): e191. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0030191. PMC 1434508. PMID 16597180.
- Bjorn, G. (2008). "Straight talk with...Ray Moynihan". Nature Medicine. 14 (11): 1142–1143. doi:10.1038/nm1108-1142. PMID 18989273.
- Sun Yom, Sue (September 7, 2005). "Book review - Selling Sickness: How the World's Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients". JAMA. 294 (9). doi:10.1001/jama.294.9.1114.
- Barrett, Jennifer (August 2, 2005). "Selling Sickness to the Well". Newsweek.
- Lippman, Abby (September 1, 2005). "September 2005: Selling Sickness". Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Fitzpatrick, M. (2005). "Selling Sickness: How Drug Companies Are Turning Us All into Patients". BMJ. 331 (7518): 701. doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7518.701. PMC 1226266.
- Montgomery, Cal (28 July 2005). "Buying Sickness". Ragged Edge. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Solly, Yvonne (2005–2006). "Selling sickness: how drug companies are turning us all into patients" (PDF). The Australian Health Consumer. Consumers Health Forum of Australia: 27. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Segal, Judy (2011). "Making pharmaceutical industry rhetoric an object of study". Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing. 23 (1).
- Tomes, N. (2007). "Selling Sickness (review)". Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 81 (2): 440–442. doi:10.1353/bhm.2007.0055.
- Official page on Blogger
- Richard Fidler (12 November 2012). "Conversations with Richard Fidler - Ray Moynihan". ABC Online. Retrieved 21 August 2013. - a radio interview