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Marcia Angell, Harvard Professor, Editor of NEJM

Marcia Angell gave me new direction through listening in 2009 audio version of The Truth About Drug Companies and How they Deceive Us.  For the general public, it as the stamp of a Harvard professor letting the evidence do the speaking—all confirmed by footnotes.  I had been posting articles and writing on bad pharma since starting in 2004, but on listening to her organized account, I realized that I had under estimated the extent to which tobacco ethics that guides pharma.   You may watch her lecture on the same topic.  A paste from my video page: 

***** President’s Lecture Series 2009-2010, 78 min, 7,600 views MD.  Marcia Angell PhD Harvard, based on her best-selling book, “The Truth About Drug Companies and how they deceive us”   Her lecture with slides is an example of clarity, organization, and logic using examples to illustrate points all of which show the ways pharma and corporate media deceives the public, pharma “educates” doctors, and influences regulators. The information system is broken  Highly recommended 

*****NPA Annual Conference 2011 Marcia Angell, 47 min 335 views goes over the change from medical science to marketing science. Her lecture is of first quality, and though of poor audio quality, at the age of 72, she stands above others.  She explains the existence of a fire wall wherein University professors ran and owned clinical trials to answer important scientific questions, but today they are ran by Pharma for to promote profits, thus major bias is the norm, excellent

Marcia Angell, M.D., (born April 20, 1939 in Knoxville, TN) is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.  After completing undergraduate studies in chemistry and mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Angell spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying microbiology in Frankfurt, Germany. After receiving her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine in 1967, Angell trained in both internal medicine and anatomic pathology and is a board-certified pathologist.

Angell is a frequent contributor to both medical journals and the popular media on a wide range of topics, particularly medical ethics, bad pharma, bad alternative medicine and herbal treatments, health policy, the nature of medical evidence, the interface of medicine and the law, and end-of-life healthcare. Her book, Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case (1996) received critical acclaim. With Stanley Robbins and, later, Vinay Kumar, she coauthored the first three editions of the textbook Basic Pathology. She has written chapters in several books dealing with ethical issues in medicine and healthcare. The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It. Random. 2004 written for the general public, goes over the ways in which pharma fulfills its fiduciary requirement of maximizing profits through subverting evidence based medicine and the regulatory systems, and hoodwinking the physicians and public.  The marking departments run the major pharmaceutical companies.    

Angell is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. She is also a fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal and is an outspoken critic of medical quackery and the promotion of alternative medicine.  PBS Frontline June 2003 Interview (in print): “The Alternative Fix, on alternative medicine.  A second in print PBS Frontline interview, Nov. 2003, The Other Drug War (on bad pharma).   Her President’s lecture (Utube) with graphic given at the University of Montana, 2010, covers her Book, The Truth About Drug Companies (the best book on bad pharma-for a summary).  

Some quotes to get a flavor of her views:

We certainly are in a health care crisis, ... If we had set out to design the worst system that we could imagine, we couldn't have imagined one as bad as we have.

What can the 800 pound gorilla do?  Pretty much anything it wants.  [800 pounds refers to pharma's $800 billion in yearly sales]

The pharmaceutical industry uses its immense wealth and power to co-opt nearly every institution that might stand in its way--including the U.S. Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the medical profession itself.