Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Osler Corner - on "education" by industry

A quote from 1909:
I would protest against the usurpation on the part of these men [purveyors of pharmaceuticals] of our function as teachers....... What right have Z. & Co. to send on a card directions for the treatment of anemia and dyspepsia, about which they know as much as newborn babe, and , if they stick to their legitimate business, about the same opportunity of getting information!
For years the profession has been exploited in this way until the evil has become unbearable.
William Osler 1909 (Can Lancet 1909;42:899-912)
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Anonymous said...

It's not that they send out the info (I've often found some good info from the supplier) but that there advice is hopeless biased by the potential for profit. Just send me the study and an objective assessment! www.waittimes.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

I never see drug reps ever.