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The Dark Side of Medicine

A new book by a practicing physician details the extent to which pharmaceutical companies determine what the public sees as the medical profession in action.

“A physician who specializes in philosophy and ethics, Dr. [Carl] Elliott hails from that quiet zone of medicine where much of the job involves thinking about, talking about and doling out medications. Hence his primary focus is on the ever-evolving relationship between the high art of medicine and the big business of drugs. Some of his material has, at this point, been reviewed ad nauseam in the daily press and in books by others, so most readers will be familiar with the bad habits of Big Pharma when it comes to subtle data manipulation, high-pressure salesmanship and lavish gifts.”


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