Monday, January 05, 2009

Book Review: The End of My Addiction by Olivier Ameisen

: The End of My Addiction by Olivier Ameisen

About: Cardiologist Ameisen becomes a severe alcoholic, tries rehabs, etc. but nothing works. Finds a generic drug, baclofen, that when taken in high enough doses, eliminates his cravings and desire for alcohol. He publishes his self case study and since he is unable to get a full study funding or get much attention for the drug, he writes this book.

Pros: Interesting twist on your typical recovery memoir.

Cons: Due to the main focus on the drug, I found parts a bit too sciency. Although this book may achieve his goal of more drug trials, publishing a book for a mass audience about baclofen because he was unable to go through normal channels appears a bit suspect. Name drops a little bit with Bette Midler and Elie Wiesel.

Grade: B/B-


Gary Baumgarten said...

Dr. Olivier Ameisen will be my guest on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time Friday January 16.

Please go to and click on the Enter Chat Room button to talk to him.



Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The book formerly titled "The End of My Addiction" by Olivier Ameisen is now available in paperback under the title, "Heal Thyself"

Anonymous said...

Very important book, "Heal Thyself". We Physicians should help him any way we can to get a large definitive prospective, placebo controlled study done. Michael L McCann MD

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to read more soon. By the way, rather good design you have here, but don’t you think it should be changed from time to time?

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