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Update 2007-02-03

Notice: The URLs in this Update have been updated to be correct for our new website.

December 2006
'Use the best first'. Moxafloxacin from Bayer (Italy)
This AdWatch issue provides an analysis by an Italian General Practitioner of a conference proceedings booklet funded by Bayer.

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November 2006 Vol 24 No 11
What are we doing to our children? / Do we have a prescription addiction?
By: Jerome Burne
Jerome Burne is a science and medical journalist interested in the gap between the ideals of science and the realities of commerce. The November 2006 HS Int News provides full versions of two of Jerome’s articles about treatment of children with psychiatric drugs.

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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909