Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Cartoon: Say "mnff"

The artist makes a statement that is highly relevant to our community -- that Big Pharma is controlling the debate -- and one I wouldn't dispute. What bothers me is that the piece also accuses doctors and Congress of acceding to this manipulation because of money, implying venal corruption across the board.

We'd do better to understand that Pharma's money has been carefully targeted, favoring certain classes of politicans it sees as reliable, and coopting medical organizations rather than 'doctors' broadly.

No one expects a cartoon to provide nuance. But let's also recognize that while broad-brushing of this sort puts a sharp point on the message, it also unfairly erodes our trust in people who are generally working in good faith for our benefit.

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