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Are doctors' education corrupted/controlled by big pharma?

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posted on Oct, 2 2010 @ 10:37 PM
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Is the education that doctors receive influenced or controlled in any way by the pharmaceutical industry? If so, to what degree?"


All my opinion of course...

Yes, to a large degree. Pharm companies used to give perks to med students while still in school, free trips and other things. I think maybe 4 years ago they put more regulation in place.




Who funds the medical schools that doctors go through? And how trustworthy and objective are they? How do we know they are free of greed, lies, and corruption? What's the proof?


Research is often controlled by drug companies since drug companies have a lot of money. Research is academic, and comparitivly poor. Not trustworthy or objective at all. Someone posted a thread on ATS a couple months ago about how around 30% of PhDs have seen peers totally fabricate findings. There is much more concern over keeping the status quo afloat rather than looking after people.



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posted on Oct, 5 2010 @ 03:44 PM
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So who writes the medical school textbooks and controls what is written in them?

Who funds the schools? The government?

And what about the illuminati? How do they slip that mercury into the vaccines? Do they sneak into the vaccine factory at night?

How does that work?



posted on Oct, 5 2010 @ 05:20 PM
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Originally posted by WWu777
So who writes the medical school textbooks and controls what is written in them?


There isn't a single set of "medical school textbooks". Typically, you incorporate several different texts of varying density into the presentations/lectures from professors, and also read a bit of current literature (depending on the class).

If you're genuinely interested, some of the more common books that medical students use are Netter's Anatomy Atlas, Grey's Anatomical Atlas, Costanzo Physiology, Review of Molecular Biology, Development Embryology, the BRS books (board review series; there is an individual text for each class), Robbins Basic Pathology, Lange Pharamacology, Katzung Pharmacology, First Aid for the USMLE 1 (also versions for USMLE 2 and 3), Rapid Review Pathology, various small/modular books on systems pathophysiology, the High Yield series (similar to BRS), the PreTest series (one for each class), and Robbins Review of Pathology.

This list is above 1/2 to 2/3 of the texts I used for the first two years of medical school. When you get to third and fourth year, you typically have one rotation-specific text along with First Aid for USMLE 2 as your primary books, as the range of material is substantially smaller (though much more intense).
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These books are written by (literally) teams of doctors, researchers, scientific writers, editors, and graduate students, sometimes numbering in the dozens.


Who funds the schools? The government?


The students fund the schools. The average indebtedness of a graduating physician is $200,000-$250,000. The state (not federal) government also tends to give the school X amount per medical student enrolled to help pay for malpractice and institutional costs.


And what about the illuminati? How do they slip that mercury into the vaccines? Do they sneak into the vaccine factory at night?

How does that work?


There isn't any mercury in vaccines. There are only two (I believe? Maybe three) vaccines that still contain thimerosal, which contains a mercury compound that doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier. Each of these also has a mercury-free alternative, and none of the three are on the regular childhood vaccine schedule.



posted on Oct, 5 2010 @ 06:37 PM
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Originally posted by WWu777
So who writes the medical school textbooks and controls what is written in them?

Who funds the schools?


It was the Rockefeller Empire that set out to methodically seize control and direction of American education and particularly of that of American medical education with the creation of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, in 1901 and soon after with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. (The Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations traditionally worked together as one entity to attain their mutual goals).

In 1910 came the Flexner report. (The Flexner brothers were the means by which the Rockefeller and the Carnegie fortunes came to prey on the unsuspecting and vulnerable medical profession).

Abraham Flexner was on the staff of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

When the Flexner report was released it gained vast exposure in the public domain. It actually did serve to correctly point out inadequacies in medical education at the time and proposed a wide range of sweeping changes. However, these included a major focus on strengthening courses in pharmacology and the addition of research departments at all "qualified" medical schools.

It was at this point that the Rockefeller-Carnegie partnership moved in with perfect timing and strategy. Rockefeller and Carnegie began to immediately shower millions of dollars on those medical schools that were susceptible to control. Those that did not conform were denied the funds and eventually were forced out of business by their well-funded competitors.

Many of those that were edged out had been sub-standard, but excellence was not the only measure for determining which ones would receive funding. The primary test was the willingness of the school administration and faculty to accept a curriculum geared to drug research.

After Abraham Flexner completed his report, he became one of the three most influential men in American medicine. The other two were his brother, Dr. Simon Flexner of the Rockefeller Institute and Dr. William Welch of Johns Hopkins Medical School and of the Rockefeller Institute.

These men were not only involved in the awarding of grants for the Rockefeller Foundation, but they were counselors to heads of medical institutions, to lay board members, and to members of staff of medical schools and universities in the United States and abroad.

Substantial influence has also been exerted by the JP Morgan dynasty, the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund (a Rockefeller interest created by Edward Harkness of Standard Oil), the Sloan Foundation, and the Macy Foundation.

These foundations captured control of the of the medical education system when they were able to place their own people onto the boards of the various schools and into key administrative positions. They were able to accomplish the same thing with the Association of American Medical Colleges which set the criteria for the curricula, determines the criteria for selecting medical students, and for communication within the profession as well as to the general public. Lastly, they were able to select the teachers themselves with a major portion of foundation activity always being directed toward what is generally called "academic medicine." The Rockefeller Foundation boasts of over twenty-thousand fellowships /scholarships for the training of medical instructors.

This has resulted in loading the staffs of medical schools with men and women who, by preference and training, are ideal propagators of the drug-oriented science that has come to dominate American medicine.

The terrible irony of it is that neither they nor their students are even remotely aware that they are products of a selection process geared to a hidden commercial objective. This objective of course (among others) is to funnel as much wealth as possible into the major chemical companies (also known as Big Pharma which they also control).



posted on Oct, 5 2010 @ 06:53 PM
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Here's a 110 year old clipping of someone you can lend your thanks to...






And here's a brief history on the origins of medical industry corruption...



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