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Disease-Mongers: How Doctors, Drug Companies, and Insurers are Making You Feel Sick

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7342.923/a (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:923
  1. Ray Moynihan (ray_128@hotmail.com), journalist

    This title is now only available direct from the USA. See www.wiley.com

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    Lynn Payer's Disease-Mongers is passionate, provocative, and prescient. The book's thesis is simple, compelling, and for many people utterly counter-intuitive: doctors, drug companies, and device manufacturers are engaged in “broadening the definitions of diseases” in order to increase demand for their products and services. Since the book was first published in 1992, the evidence has mounted that Payer's disturbing view of the medical establishment is all too accurate.


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    Payer quickly establishes her argument that the boundaries of disease are fluid, and that there are too many vested …

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