2 Responses to “Client or patient?”

  1. Alan Henness October 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    …and alt med therapists have customers. Or sometimes marks.

  2. Mark Struthers October 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    @Alan Henness

    I think a doctor or scientist who questions the policies and profits of the big pharmaceutical corporations is what is known as a ‘mark’.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/may/09/bad-science-medical-journals-companies

    “The first fun thing to emerge in the Australian case is email documentation showing staff at Merck made a “hit list” of doctors who were critical of the company, or of the drug. This list contained words such as “neutralise”, “neutralised” and “discredit” next to the names of various doctors.”We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live,” said one email, from a Merck employee. Staff are also alleged to have used other tactics, such as trying to interfere with academic appointments, and dropping hints about how funding to institutions might dry up.”

    Can you think of a contemporary medical scientist who has been ‘discredited’ by such (un)scrupulous forces of destruction? I can.

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