I have read Dr. Foster's book and found it to be excellent. It is both factual with clear data but also personal and practical. I think he presents a very balanced review of the topic that has become very political, emotional, and one-sided. Congratulations on this excellent book!
- Prof. Gerard A. Malanga, M.D. Rutgers School of Medicine, NJ Medical School. Author of four textbooks - Last one 2017: "Regenerative Treatments in Sports and Orthopedic Medicine." Incoming president of the Interventional Orthopedic Foundation (IOF) in 2019.
This book is a clearly written, comprehensive examination of an important problem. Written by an experienced clinician, the book is thorough and thoughtful. Each chapter is sprinkled with charts and facts yet written in clear, non- technical language that is very readable even with no medical background. For the health care professional there is a very useful listing of "References, Recommended Readings and Resources" at the end of each chapter. This book should become a core textbook in every Pain Fellowship. In fact, in view of the widespread reality of our opioid epidemic, I would recommend this book to every medical student and practicing physician.
- Jacqueline Wertsch, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I am very impressed. It is well-written and well researched. Thank you for allowing me to review this book. This information is very much needed in the public sphere. I hope you gain a wide readership!
- Daniel McDevitt, M.D., Peachtree Vascular Specialists, Stockbridge GA. Asst. Clinical Professor, Dept. of Surgery Medical College of GA, Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Dr. Foster has undertaken the monumental task of helping the layman and healthcare professional to understand the opioid epidemic. He succeeds in laying out a systematic analysis of the scope of this multifactorial problem.
Dr. Foster incorporates recent data, historical perspectives and commonly held misconceptions about the causes of the opioid crisis. He effectively exposes the truth, and in the process lays the groundwork for future actions to prevent recurrences. This book is an excellent source of information and education written by a Pain Management physician who lives on the front line of the opioid epidemic.
- Carlos J. Giron M.D. Founder and past president of The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (GSIPP). Founder and CEO of the Pain Institute of Georgia, and Macon Pain Center.
This book is informative and relatively easy to read. One of the things I liked most about the book is that although it relies heavily on research and data collected on the subject of opioid treatment and abuse, it does not overwhelm the reader with scientific terms and expressions.
Overall, the book is a valuable tool in the war against the opioid epidemic and if it gets in the hands of enough people who work in the field or have loved ones who lives have been derailed. by the crisis, it should help to save some lives.
- Howard Jackson Jr. Senior Manager, Information and Communications Technology