2016年4月12日 星期二

Pandora's Box: the Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol (1956) (with Dora Panofsky);The Pandora Prescription

  • Pandora's Box: the Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol (1956) (with Dora Panofsky)
  • 『パンドラの箱 — 神話の一象徴の変貌』 ドラ・パノフスキーと共著、阿天坊耀ほか訳、美術出版社、1975年


這本小說還沒去立讀
姑且剪貼一番
在Amazon可以讀到摘要
第7 頁有句
1. on Page 7:
"... .. When you make a plan, there are no shades of gray. After the plan's executed, there's no black and white. ..."
2. on Page 200:
"... "The Bureau just can't suffer another embarrassment-our reputation's on the line here. This one needs to be watertight: executed with discretion and precision. The people under you are on a need-to-know basis. ..."


【聯合晚報╱劉梅君 (台灣醫療改革基金會執行長、國立政治大學勞工研究所教授) /記者黃玉芳整理】
三采文化
潘朵拉處方
作者:詹姆斯.薛利丹
出版社:三采文化
定價:320元
這是一本很引人入勝、欲罷不能的懸疑小說。除了情節看頭十足,這本小說藉著懸疑情節的鋪陳,揭露出來資本主義這套政治經濟社會體系的幽暗面,更讓人驚悚與震慄。
過去二十年世界經濟遭逢巨大的變動,無論讀者個人的意識型態為何,或對「全球化」一詞的定義及理解為何,大概都不得不承認跨國大企業在其中的支配地位與影響力。
製藥這個產業,在全球政治經濟的舞台上一直佔有顯著位置,動輒百億、千億計的市場,讓國際大藥廠為維護既得利益或潛在利益,而使出激烈的攻防保衛戰。
其中有多少「不能說的秘密」攸關著生民百姓的死生與苦痛?做為局外人的我們無緣親窺,所幸這幾年來已陸續有人開始挑戰這龐大的利益集團,揭開其中的一些內幕與迷思。
如德國醫藥記者Jorg Blech的力作:「發明疾病的人」及「無效的醫療」、美國一位醫師Marcia Angell的「藥廠黑幕」、以及出生美國,長期居住澳洲的暢銷作家Jeffery Robinson 的「一顆價值十億的藥丸:人命與金錢的交易」。
這些著作詳細地剖析現代醫藥產業如何運用科學權威,與操弄實證研究,製造出令人憂心的「疾病」名稱與源源不絕的醫藥需求,精彩地揭露出醫藥科學所建構出來的疾病迷障與醫療陷阱。
儘管這本小說的懸疑情節有若干虛構性,但不容否認的是,「潘朵拉處方」再度精彩地將大藥廠為確保一己私利不擇手段的惡劣勾當,活靈活現的展現出來。
這些現象已經存在了許久,也必將繼續存在,只要醫藥產業選擇走營利的路,服膺資本邏輯,那麼這些醫藥黑幕醜聞仍將繼續上演,只不過戲碼不同而已。
台灣是不是存在類似的黑幕?可能有讀者很感興趣會問,但這個問題的探究與否,其實已非重點,因為這些醫藥界所爆發出來的醜聞,老實說是病徵,唯有找到病灶,才能一勞永逸地讓這些令人扼腕憤怒的事情不再出現。
容我大膽地說,病灶就在醫藥產業的營利化與商品化,當利潤率成為念茲在茲的目標時,我們如何期望「病人中心」的醫療核心價值能有生存的空間呢?
[book] The Pandora Prescription
James Sheridan

Editorial Reviews

Review
"I could not put it down. Behind this breakneck-speed story lies a sobering message for us all." — Jonathan Javitt, M.D., Adjunct professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

"Just when I thought I was ahead of him, Sheridan expertly yanked another rug. Shocks, re-shocks and goosebumps! The Pandora Prescription is a big winner." — Thomas B. Sawyer, Award winning screenwriter and bestselling Author, The Sixteenth Man

“To the best of our knowledge, we have never known of a petition signed by thousands of people to ensure a book would not be banned.” — American Library Association in reference to The Pandora Prescription

“The facts behind the fiction create a rollercoaster, page-turning thriller. Highly recommended.” — USA BOOKNEWS

“Award-winning copywriter James Sheridan presents The Pandora Prescription, a suspenseful novel about a deadly secret kept by giant pharmaceutical companies, and the ruthless lengths to which they will go to protect it. Well-known author Dan Travis is on a book tour when a mysterious message from a stranger in distress changes his life forever. Drawn irrevocably into a secretive war, his only hope for survival is to find an incriminating data file before time runs out. The quest to uncover a link between a remorseless medical cover-up and a massive assassination conspiracy will take him across the country, and amid a hidden society of doctors who swore an ancient oath. A captivating, tautly written thriller for the twenty-first century.” — Michael Dunford, The Midwest Book Review, MBR Bookwatch: February 2008


Product Description
The pharmaceutical giants have a big skeleton in their closet and will fight tooth and nail to keep it there. Author Dan Travis, notorious unsolved mystery specialist, is on another book tour when a cryptic message from a desperate stranger blows his life apart. He is sucked into a silent war which hinges on an incriminating data file. Finding it is Travis's only hope for surviving a deadly chase across America. But to find its location, Travis must discover the link between the biggest medical cover-up in history and the greatest assassination conspiracy of the twentieth century. The key lies within a secret underground of doctors sworn to an ancient oath. When the solution is the problem, which side will YOU be on? The facts behind the fiction will blow you away.

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