Journals Higher Education



20 October 2005

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195300048

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On the Take

How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health

Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D.

Kassirer offers an unsettling look at the pervasive payoffs that physicians take from big drug companies and other medical suppliers, arguing that this billion-dollar onslaught of industry money has deflected many physicians' moral compasses and directly influenced the care we receive. Underscored by chilling true stories, the book illuminates the financial connections between the wealthy companies that make drugs and the doctors who prescribe them, revealing how these financial enticements encourage bias, promote dangerously misleading medical information, raise the cost of medical care, and breed distrust.


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