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SAMIZDAT TO PUBLISH
HARDCOVER EDITION OF ACCLAIMED BOOK, THE ZYPREXA PAPERS
January 21, 2021
Health Writer's Co-operative is pleased to announce it has acquired the
rights to publish the hardcover edition of The Zyprexa Papers by
Jim Gottstein. Publisher David Healy said "The Zyprexa
Papers is exactly the kind of book Samizdat was founded to
publish. It is a first-hand expose of powerful actors that
conventional publishers were not likely to risk publishing." The
On December 17, 2006, The New York
Times began a series of front-page stories about documents obtained
from Alaska lawyer Jim Gottstein, showing Eli Lilly had concealed that its
top-selling drug caused diabetes and other life-shortening metabolic
problems. The "Zyprexa Papers," as they came to be known, also
showed Eli Lilly was illegally promoting the use of Zyprexa on children and
the elderly, with particularly lethal effects. Although Mr. Gottstein
believes he obtained the Zyprexa Papers legally, the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn decided he had
conspired to steal the documents, and Eli Lilly threatened Mr. Gottstein
with criminal contempt charges. In The Zyprexa Papers, Mr. Gottstein gives a riveting first-hand account of what really
happened, including new details about how a small group of psychiatric
survivors spread the Zyprexa Papers on the Internet untraceably. All of
this within a gripping, plain-language explanation of complex legal
maneuvering and his battles on behalf of Bill Bigley, the psychiatric
patient whose ordeal made possible the exposure of the Zyprexa Papers.
Author Jim Gottstein has agreed to personally
respond to inquiries and provide review copies directly. He can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praise of The Zyprexa Papers includes.
Zyprexa Paper tells of Jim Gottstein’s valiant efforts to expose Eli
Lilly's corrupt marketing of its antipsychotic drug, which led
to such great public harm, is at once riveting, important, and
enraging. He paid a dear price for his whistleblower efforts, even as Eli
Lilly raked in billions."
Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America.
Zyprexa Papers is not simply about the harm done by blockbuster psychiatric
drugs and drug company illegal marketing. It is also about the perversion
of the U.S. legal system, as Gottstein illuminates the courts' use of
secrecy orders in settlement agreements to the detriment of the
Bruce Levine, author of Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from
Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy.
Zyprexa Papers is the riveting account of Alaska attorney Jim
Gottstein's encounter with the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, a battle
centered around Eli Lilly's wanton misuse of the drug Zyprexa."
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., author of Lighting the Way and The Power of Daily
The hardcover edition of The Zyprexa Papers
will be published June 1, 2021.
Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where his father was a prominent
businessman and his mother one of the most beloved women in town. Jim
was on track to go into the family grocery and real estate empire, studying
for a business degree at the University of Oregon when the law found him
during his required Business Law class. He didn't miss a question the
entire class and realized law was a good fit. He managed to get into
Harvard Law School as the only sky-diving applicant from Alaska that
year. After graduating from law school in 1978, Jim went into private
practice in Anchorage with Robert M. Goldberg, primarily representing
Alaska Native organizations. In 1982, he experienced a psychotic break due
to sleep deprivation and was introduced first hand to the mental illness system.
He was told he would be permanently mentally ill and to forget about his
law career. Luckily, he escaped psychiatry and the experience led him
to legal representation and other advocacy for people diagnosed with mental
illness not as lucky as he. Jim opened his own law office in 1985,
generally focused on business matters, and is now mostly retired from the
private practice of law. In 2002, Jim founded the
Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) to mount a strategic
litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock,
and to inform the public about the counterproductive and harmful nature of
the drugs and shock.
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