Very interesting topic on the impact of one doctor and the use of methamphetamines on so many well/known and powerful people. Its worth the read and is a pretty quick read as well. Some of the content seemed to extrapolate a little too far into this doctor's impact on modern history to the point of insinuating the validity of some well known conspiracy theories. Some may find that intriguing, I found it a bit of a stretch. My main criticism is that I would have liked the author to include more information on the pharmacology of the doctor's "cocktail" and methamphetamines in general (ie: the impact on the brain/body, side effects, what was considered a "typical" dose at the time, etc).
A bunch of sensationalist garbage. The doctor was real, and I have no doubt that he ruined many people's lives, but there's also a lot of speculation here. The book (at least on Kindle) is full of typos, and incomplete and run-on sentences. Spend your valuable time reading something else.
Unfortunately, this book contained a number of typographical errors and medical inconsistencies. Words were misused- for example, "essay" instead of "assay" in reference to a medical test. Because of this and because of some repetitive writing, the credibility of the story suffers. It is an interesting read if even part of it is true.
I was a young adult during that era and remember hearing the term Dr. Feel good. But today, I find myself shocked at how naive I was then. It was unbelievable how many lives he damaged and got away with it. This book was very interesting and an eye opener to me to what went on in the 60s with all those famous people. Including our government. He was a sick man and no one did anything until it was too late.
Amazing what goes on behind the scenes in private lives and explains some of the things that happened. I am so disappointed in the celebrities and politicians involved. However, I am now looking at people in the limelight with a jaundiced eye. Makes me wonder what they're using to stay up and on the go, especially in light of the fierce political battles of 2016. Some people do manage to keep a high level of energy, but they are not in the majority. I doubt the media would cover their butts today like they did back then. At least I would hope not.
Jacobson's biography of his early life in preWW II Europe is fascinating. As a physician, he misused his knowledge to create his own fantasy world of medical practice. His ego needs, addiction, easy access to methamphetamine, steroids and other chemicals, and his enchantment with celebrity and power resulted in his totally unethical treatment that led to irreparable harm to, and in some cases, deaths of numerous patients. He created many addicts to his concoctions. Many were dependent on him as their drug dealer. His relationship with his most prominent patient, John F. Kennedy, his family, and numerous others in power was frightening. Revelations in the NY Times and subsequent hearings were a huge scandal. The FBI was involved in investigations that ended with the removal of his medical license. It also led to Nixon's creation of the DEA and the start of the "war on drugs". Until the day he died, Jacobson thought that he had done nothing wrong and that he was a victim of the government suppressing his ability to help people feel better.
I bought this not so much for its connection to JFK, but for its overall theme of a respected doctor peddling dope. First off, let me say that I had an opportunity to know that the allegations made in this book were true because of my first professional job out of college. A dossier appeared on my desk which I was supposed to review and issue a summarized report on. As I started reading, I was floored. I just couldn't believe a doctor could have gotten away with so much for so long unless he had friends in high places. As I read on, I was incredulous but the investigative report was exacting. Names, dates, details were all compiled by a reputable private investigation firm that was hired to get it right This book will no doubt tickle your curiosity based purely on the cast of characters which were mostly from the cream of mid-century society who were wealthy and pampered. The rest were actors, public servants, and prominent people. If these names garnered media space back in the day, there was a chance they were 'patients' of Dr. Max. Based purely on this book, the investigative report I read was quite thorough. While this book about Jacobson didn't include everything about Dr. Feelgood such as some personal things relating to his own unhealthy habits, it did a crack job of pulling the lid off Max J's medical practice. So much has been made of JFK's health in recent weeks that I couldn't shake what I read in that report or in this book. I saw a scene in a recent tv dramatization about Kennedy's last days. He was being injected with multiple medications. The large hypodermic needles made me wince. It made me wonder if this was a nod to his Addison's disease or something more creepy and sinister such as Dr. Max. The curious aspect re: this book is that Dr. Feelgood had been publicly outed decades ago and as quickly as his activities were exposed they were just as quickly forgotten. While there are many details and assertions regarding the first couple in this book, I tended to look at the global picture which reflected how things went on back then and how they are now. This was a most interesting book but not necessarily a great one.