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"Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself - and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future"

Harriet Washington

About the Program

Harriet Washington argues that a growing corporate presence in the medical industry yields dire issues for patients, as drug development and research is initiated on a for-profit basis.  Ms. Washington’s contentions of the industry’s fiscal motivations, include the reported versus the actual cost of bringing a new drug to market, her estimate that the monetary value of gifts given by corporate drug manufacturers to physicians in 2000 was $6 billion, and the restricted nature of medical patents, which, the author contends suppresses research.  Harriet Washington speaks at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

About the Authors

Harriet Washington

Harriet Washington is the author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, the winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction.  She is a former fellow in medical ethics at the Harvard Medical School and senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. 


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