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Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class: Book by Ronald William Dworkin

Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class

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ISBN: 9780786719334    Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc Year of publishing: 2007     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 336        
Ronald Dworkin, Fellow at the Hudson Institute, has written a book of social commentary that combines the politics of healthcare and medical ethics with several momentous changes that have dramatically...Read more
Ronald Dworkin, Fellow at the Hudson Institute, has written a book of social commentary that combines the politics of healthcare and medical ethics with several momentous changes that have dramatically altered the relationship among doctors and patients, creating what Dworkin dubs "artificial happiness." He examines the rise of psychotropic drugs; alternative medicine; the belief in endorphins as a way to maximize health through exercise; and medicine's investigations of spirituality -- all during the past thirty years -- fitting them together into a story that puts Americans at the center of a novel social experiment: helping people feel happy independent of the facts in their lives. Though well-intentioned, Dworkin identifies a dark side, asserting that Prozac, for instance, is freezing people in unsatisfactory relationships and jobs, nullifying their impulse to change, because of the "happiness" induced by the medicine.
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About the author: Ronald William Dworkin
Dr. Ronald W. Dworkin received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1981, his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1985, and his Ph.D.... Read more
Dr. Ronald W. Dworkin received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1981, his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1985, and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1995. His essays on religion, medical science, and healthcare have appeared in "The Weekly Standard, ""Commentary, ""Public Interest, " and "Policy Review." In 2000, Dr. Dworkin joined the Hudson Institute as a Senior Fellow while continuing to work part-time as an anesthesiologist. He lives in Baltimore, MD
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