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On the Take

Jerome P. Kassirer

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195300048
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850518 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300048.001.0001
On the Take

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We all know that doctors accept gifts from drug companies, ranging from pens and coffee mugs to free vacations at luxurious resorts. But as this book exposes, these innocuous-seeming gifts are just the tip of an iceberg that is distorting the practice of medicine and jeopardizing the health of millions of Americans today. This book offers an unsettling look at the pervasive payoffs that physicians take from big drug companies and other medical suppliers, arguing that the billion-dollar onslaught of industry money has deflected many physicians' moral compasses and directly impacted the everyday care we receive from the doctors and institutions we trust most. Underscored by countless chilling untold stories, the book illuminates the financial connections between the wealthy companies that make drugs and the doctors who prescribe them. The book details the shocking extent of these financial enticements and explains how they encourage bias, promote dangerously misleading medical information, raise the cost of medical care, and breed distrust.

Keywords: doctors; drug companies; gifts; medicine; physicians; drugs; financial enticements; medical care

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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