Intended for healthcare professionals


Stepping into the therapeutics void

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 05 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3179

Welcome to Castle Dracula

"Enter freely and of your own free will." With this ominous greeting, Count
Dracula bid welcome to his victims. Apparently, Dracula needed his victims’
consent. At the risk of making an invidious comparison, I would suggest that
all medical students who are taught clinical pharmacology by pharmaceutical
companies, should receive Dracula’s greeting. The veil has been lifted, the
pretense of objectivity has been removed, and doctors are merely
pharmaceutical representatives.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA