Public Health or Corporate Wealth?


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I am sitting in an auditorium at Georgetown University attending a symposium on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on scientific publications and continuing medical education.  This is a decidedly hostile crowd.  The crusaders are all here, including Arnold Relman, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine (1977–91) and evidences such vigorous idealism I cannot believe he was born in 1923.