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‘Conscience of American medicine’ takes to the road

Since its publication last fall, Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer’s book, On the Take: How Medicine’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health, has stirred interest around the country. Former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, Kassirer is currently a Distinguished Professor at Tufts, where he has taught for many years.

Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer © Mark Morelli

In his book, Kassirer argues that so many medical experts accept gifts and money from pharmaceutical firms that it has become nearly impossible to determine when advice is truly independent and trustworthy—even when that advice is published in elite medical journals. Disclosing conflicts of interest doesn’t cut it, he argues, because “even if you find out what the conflicts are, you don’t know how to interpret them.”

Watch for the physician who has been called “the conscience of American medicine” to be speaking at a site near you. This spring, Kassirer has booked a full slate of symposia, grand rounds and medical school commencement addresses from Boston to California.