Intended for healthcare professionals


Disease awareness campaigns turn healthy people into patients

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:871

PLoS Medicine theme issue on disease mongering

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As the theme issue's guest editors, Ray Moynihan and David Moynihan,
say in their opening essay, "disease mongering poses a global challenge to
those interested in public health, demanding in turn a global response."
We hope that this theme issue helps to stimulate the debate, analysis, and
research that are necessary for mounting this response.

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14 April 2006
Gavin M Yamey
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