Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Sense of Indebtedness

In ‘All Gifts Large and Small’, Kats, Caplan, and Merz discuss the idea of a conflict of interest, focusing on the relationship between physicians and pharmaceutical company reps. The authors conclude that no matter the size of the gift, it … Continue reading

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Here is an interesting article pertaining to our discussion about the varying nature of calculating BMI. Seems our conversations are relevent enough to be newsworthy! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21229387

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The true role of a teacher

Christine Philips provides us with an important insight on the significant role teachers often play in the diagnosis of ADHD within elementary school. She argues that pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in maintaining high levels of medicalization for this … Continue reading

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Addressing Fishman’s Worries: Theorizing Ways to make Medical Research more Ethical

Like other course readings, Fishman’s article notes numerous conflicts of interest between pharmaceutical companies and the supposedly “objective” and unbiased research community that legitimizes diseases and their treatments. Worrying about these conflicts is important, but we should also theorize new … Continue reading

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Collusion Between Marketing and Clinical Reseach

Introduced in the 1950’s as a miracle drug, Diuril, first developed as a diuretic was soon to be discovered to have an antihypertensive agent that proved to be relatively safe and effective in lowering blood pressures. Despite the success of … Continue reading

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Correlation and Scientific Discoveries

In Hacking’s article he discusses briefly how we come to understand diseases by correlating the disorder to various other things (for lack of a better word.) He mentions how we try to correlate autism with everything. This brings up the … Continue reading

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Interesting Article (Just for fun…)

I came across this article a few days ago and I wanted to post it up on this blog for anyone interested. It’s about a cardiologist who willingly endorses using apps on your cell phone to track your health, rather … Continue reading

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