By the year 2000, pharmaceutical companies were spending more than $15 billion dollars a year on promoting prescription drugs in the United States. It was not uncommon to see doctors going to extravagant dinners, amusement parks and golfing events, all sponsored by these companies and all orchestrated by what are called drug reps.
In 2002, I first pieced together a fictionalized, diary-like version of this tale, which spread virally on the Internet and became an instant hit, especially with drug reps. Initially called Diary of a Pharmaceutical Representative (Drug Rep), it was reproduced first in my humorous medical magazine called the Placebo Journal and then in his book The Placebo Chronicles. It even inspired a 2005 NY Times article called “Gimme an Rx! Cheerleaders Pep Up Drug Sales”. In Diary of a Drug Rep, I expanded this initial vignette, giving the reader a unique look into how drug reps lived, worked and “sold” their products in their heyday. The intent of this book is not to belittle this profession, but rather to understand it and, ok yes, laugh at it a little. Diary of a Drug Rep will give readers insight into a very peculiar profession that affects us all more than we even know.
“I loved this book. The best way to process some of the crazy things that happened, and continue to happen, in healthcare is to laugh — otherwise we just might have to cry. Diary of a Drug Rep had me howling at times and thinking “that’s funny cuz it’s true,” and you just may learn some truths about life and business too.”
ZDoggMD (Zubin Damania MD), doctor, internet sensation, writer, medical parody singer
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True Tales of the ridiculous, the silly, and the just plain weird cases doctors face—lampooning the medical bureaucracy that makes practicing medicine and getting medical care such a headache.
Doctors have a sick sense of humor. This is the deep, dark, and hilarious secret of the medical profession revealed by the irreverent Dr. Douglas Farrago in his popular satirical magazine, Placebo Journal—affectionately known by its thousands of fanatic readers as “Mad magazine for doctors” and called, by U.S. News.com, “raunchy, adolescent, and very funny.” Now, in The Placebo Chronicles, Dr. Farrago has compiled the best of the most outrageous and uproarious true stories to come out of the ERs and examination rooms of doctors all over the country.
Submitted by actual physicians, these are the stories they tell each other at cocktail parties and in doctors’ lounges, trading sidesplitting and truly unusual tales of their most embarrassing medical moments, the grossest things they’ve ever seen in medicine, their favorite Munchausen patients, and much more, including “The X-Ray Files”—mind-boggling anecdotes and images of the oddest foreign objects doctors have removed from patients. Not for the faint of heart, the humor in The Placebo Chronicles is brutally funny—just what the doctor ordered to guard against the ill effects of an M.D.’s worst enemies: the Medical Axis of Evil, a.k.a. drug companies, HMOs, and malpractice insurers.
Fully illustrated with fake advertisements—for pseudopharmaceuticals like OxyCotton Candy and Indifferex (the mediocre antidepressant)—this refreshingly honest collection invites doctors and patients alike to share the laughter, a liberal dose of the very best medicine.
(This is an older book. It is out of print but available on Kindle)Tweet