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Prozac - panacea or poison?

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:487
  1. M Lader

    BBC1 Everyman:“Welcome to Happy Valley” 14 August

    Wenatchee, in central Washington state, northwest USA, was the self proclaimed “Apple Capital of the World.” It is now dubbed the “Prozac Capital of the World.” Why the change? Dr Jim Goodwin, an ex- marine and clinical psychologist, diagnoses depression in almost everyone entering his consulting rooms and arranges for them to be treated with Prozac (the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant fluoxetine). He continues it with cognitive therapy and has many satisfied customers, including himself.

    At the opposite pole is Dr Peter Breggin, an American psychiatrist, who deplores this “quick fix” solution to mankind's eternal personal, …

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