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Letters Hidden power of corporations

What keeps corporate power hidden from doctors?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 14 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1031
  1. David B Menkes, academic psychiatrist
  1. University of Auckland, Waikato Clinical Campus, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
  1. david.menkes{at}

McKee and colleagues draw attention to corporate strategies that serve shareholder interests at the expense of public health.1 These effects are often obscured by sophisticated marketing and public relations. Of particular interest is why so many of us, including doctors, fail to recognise this common pattern. We are part of the problem, so we …

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