The Medical-Industrial Complex: Have We Made Any Progress in the 21st Century?

August 11, 2014 9:27 PM

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On June 17, 2014, Dr. Arnold Relman, editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine from 1977-1991, passed away. During his tenure as editor, Dr. Relman highlighted health care policy as a major issue for the Journal by publishing commentary and studies about the delivery of health care and writing editorials about how health care is practiced and paid for.

Throughout his career, Dr. Relman was a champion for focusing on patient care rather than the business of medicine. In his writings, he expressed concern about the "commercialization" of medicine, reminding his colleagues that medicine was a calling and not a trade. He wrote thought-provoking articl...

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