Propaganda in the Helping Professions by Eileen Gambrill

By Eileen Gambrill

Propaganda within the aiding professions has grown by means of leaps and limits in fresh many years, with alarming implications for consumers and their households, in addition to the pros who try and aid them. there's a fog that has been generated via company pursuits and agencies trying to promote their services to determined or poorly proficient shoppers. Propaganda within the assisting Professions is a advisor to lifting the confusion. From phrenology to institutional crib-beds for grownup psychiatric sufferers, from Roman bird-beak mask to medicines designed to strive against overurination, readers are taken on a travel around the centuries of egregious practices of execs and quacks together with the present-day medicalization of our lives. the writer, one of many field's such a lot relentless critics of fads, phonies, and fallacies, indicates readers the right way to imagine significantly approximately either study and advertisements so as to convey powerful companies to consumers and never be bamboozled by means of bogus claims approximately alleged difficulties, dangers, and remedies.

Incisive, attention-grabbing, eminently readable, and passionately argued, this ebook areas accountability for shopper health either on consumers--to increase questions--and at the execs who declare to aid them--to safely solution them.

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Pharmaceutical companies, state agencies, and many other sources contract with such centers to conduct research or gather statistical information. , 2006). Research organizations compete with each other to conduct trials but also cooperate in sharing important information. 4 THINK TANKS A think tank could be an organization, corporation, institute, or group that carries out research and advocates for certain policies. Large foundations or major companies usually fund them. They prepare public policy analysis and engage in research.

The stakes are high in terms of lost opportunities to make informed rather than “engineered” decisions, those that are yours, not those created by others, others who may not have your best interests at heart. Are your beliefs engineered by others based on bogus grounds promoted by staff in public relations agencies hired by pharmaceutical companies? That is, has an illusion of knowledge (or ignorance) been created? Are your beliefs about the prevalence and causes of normal variations in behavior influenced by psychiatrists on the payroll of pharmaceutical companies serving as “opinion leaders”?

186). • Creates an inability to distinguish ourselves from society, institutions, and groups. • Destroys individuality, we are not at ease unless integrated into a mass. “Egocentricity is the product of the cessation of propaganda” (p. 185). , we act without thinking and think without acting); dissociation between public and personal opinion. • Encourages us to cling to certainties. • Discourages the growth of knowledge. • Encourages prejudice/hate; sets up in-groups and out-groups “for all propaganda is aimed at an enemy” (Ellul 1965, p.

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