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Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature

  • Jeffrey R Lacasse,
  • Jonathan Leo mail

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  • Published: November 08, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020392

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All sins cast long shadows.

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:51 GMT

Author: 'BM' 'Hegde'
Position: Retired Vice Chancellor
Institution: Mangalore, India
E-mail: hegdebm@gmail.com
Submitted Date: March 05, 2006
Published Date: March 7, 2006
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

This review descibes one of many such attempts at medicalising the healthy population, conducted for obvious reasons.

Even if serotonin deficiency were to be the cause of depression, increasing serotonin level, by itself, might not chnage the outlook, as time evolution in any dynamic system is not dependent on minor initial changes in the organism.

We have to educate the public about the pseudo-science that we are seeing used to predict the unpredcitable outcomes of human illnesses.

No competing interests declared.