Book Of The Day – The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg

by Greg on December 14, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Non-Fiction book by Doug Bremner. The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg has an excellent 4.6 star rating and is only 99 cents!

“This book has it all: great style, gripping story, well-thought timing and most importantly, is based on true events. The book is written with honesty and touches the reader at a personal level. I highly recommend it.” Oioac – Amazon Reviewer

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg
by Doug Bremner
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Genre: Non-Fiction
Price: $0.99


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Accutane – the truth that had to be told

In 2001 Hoffman-La Roche’s drug Accutane was selling in its billions worldwide as a treatment for acne. For those who suffered from extreme scarring acne, it was something of a miraculous treatment, however evidence started to mount that for others it was a death sentence. Over the next few years it was estimated that between 300 and 3,000 young people being prescribed Accutane since its launch had committed suicide or killed others.

In 2001 the father of young man in Ireland who had committed suicide approached Dr. Doug Bremner as Professor of Psychiatry & Radiology at Emory University to see if he could find a causal link between the drug and depression. His findings were that the drug did have an effect on the brain likely to cause acute depression in some patients, which was not surprising as it is a molecular cousin of Vitamin A which is known to cause depression in excessive quantities.

One might think that Hoffman-La Roche would have welcomed these findings. After all, no-one was doubting that Accutane was an extremely effective remedy in many cases, it was just that it appeared to have lethal side-effects in others.

You might like to think again on that one.

‘The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg’ is the account of what Hoffman-La Roche did next, which was to prosecute a determined, energetic and vindictive campaign against Dr. Bremner designed to suppress his findings and destroy his career and livelihood.

Nonetheless, Dr. Bremner persisted and Hoffman La-Roche have since withdrawn Accutane from the US market, not only for its potentially depressive effects, but also for the likelihood of its causing birth defects and stunting growth.

From the pen of the author of ‘Before You Take That Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health: Risks and Side Effects You Won’t Find on the Label of Commonly Prescribed Drugs, Vitamins, and Supplements’, this is a truly riveting and emotional read detailing just what it costs to take on the full might of one of the largest corporations in the world when you have never claimed to be a saint and have no desire to become a martyr.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

This book is a riveting and excellent read – I read it in one sitting. I highly recommend it.


This is a must read for anyone who has ever walked into a medical practitioner’s office or has, at any time, been prescribed or taken any medication. The book is written without a lot of medical jargon and is a very easy read.


I would recommend this book not only to anyone who has questions about their own medications, their doctors, and ultimately, what it takes to confront their own intuitions and instincts, but also anyone who likes a good read, a page-turner about persecution, vindication and triumph and one man’s journey to find himself amongst impossible obstacles that would derail most of us, both personally and professionally. A must-read!


Dr. Bremner has the ability to capture his readers and draw them in, making this book hard to put down. The story is not just about Roche and medication, its about real people and what happens behind the scenes. Thank you Dr. Bremner for sharing your story.


Dr. Bremner’s story is a frightening and real-life tale of the drug that caused people to kill themselves and the pharmaceutical company that didn’t want the truth to be told. My hat is off to this whistleblower and his courage to tell the truth. Highly recommended!

Get The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg here: The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg

About The Author

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Bremner moved to Emory from Yale in November of 2000 where he spent the first 12 years of his career. Dr. Bremner’s research has used neuroimaging and neurobiology measures to study the neural correlates and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to combat and childhood abuse, as well as the related area of depression. He is one of the top three most highly cited researchers in the world in his field. His more recent work is expanding to look at the relationship between brain, behavior, including studies of heart disease and the brain, and the effects of medication on the brain and physical health.

Dr. Bremner has worked continuously throughout his career as a physician scientist, with the support of funding from two successive VA Career Development Awards, VA Merit Review, NIMH, DOD, and various private sources. His research includes studies of the neurobiology and assessment of PTSD, hippocampus and memory in PTSD and depression, neural correlates of declarative memory and traumatic remembrance in PTSD, PET measurement of neuroreceptor binding in mood and anxiety disorders, neural correlates of myocardial ischemia, and the effects of psychotropic and acne medication on brain function and structure.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Doug Bremner and ENT appreciate it.


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