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Marcia Angell

Psychotropic Medication Is Not Evil

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Is there an epidemic of mental illness? That is the question posed by Marcia Angell in her two-part series in the New York Review of Books.

A Depressing Story You Need to Read

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Corrosion of the public spirit of scientists and the distortion of scientific inquiry is one of the many costs of pervasive commercialization. And what's truly depressing is that the Obama FDA is only marginally better on this front than George W. Bush's.

Are Addiction And Mental Illness Really Brain Diseases?

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

That there is something inherent in the person to be found there -- in mental illness and addiction -- is received wisdom, not empirical fact. The belief derives from the assumption that these phenomena are medical diseases.

Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

We are all too aware of the right wing echo chamber. A well orchestrated score promoting stereotyped rat a tat answers. How do they do this? The same may be true in on the left as well.

Message from Massachusetts

Marcia Angell, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Angell, M.D.

Many people no longer trust Obama to work in their interests, or even to tell the truth. So they'll vote for Republicans mainly because they're the only other game in town, not because they subscribe to their principles.

Is the House Health Care Bill Better than Nothing?

Marcia Angell, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Angell, M.D.

The House Health bill just throws good money after the bad. And because costs will keep rising, there is now a danger that people will conclude reform is impossible, when in reality, we still haven't really tried.

"Therapy" for Obama and His Demoralization by the Insurance Industry

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

Obama is trapped in the same kind of thinking that initially demoralized his hero Abraham Lincoln, who ultimately rejected that kind of thinking, regained his morale, and fought against what was morally wrong.

How To Create Your Own Pandemic: Infectious Creativity Used By Big Pharma

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Big Pharma is wonderfully creative in marketing this pandemic. But fret not, with a little instruction, you too can learn to create your own pandemic...

Democratic Party Out of Bounds

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

To the House Dems who reportedly chanted "Fired up! Ready to go!": This isn't a pep rally. This situation calls for a little less partying and a little more party leadership, a few less amendments and a lot more amends.

Healthcare: A Christmas Present of Epic Proportions

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

Here is your Christmas present -- a big lump of coal. You are ill and need help. You want the best. Whose wise counsel and help do you seek? You want someone who is sympathetic, skilled and competent.

Political Health Endgame: You Deserve Better Solutions

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

Our current medical model is based on disease and organ pathology. A disease management system. No overt disease and your doctor will dismiss you. It will not be covered by your insurance.

Baucus Bill: Health Reform That Isn't

Marcia Angell, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Angell, M.D.

The Baucus bill makes it clear that the fix is in. We're now going to pour more money into a system that's already shown it can absorb whatever we put into it without providing anything like commensurate health care.

Health Reform: Throwing Good Money After the Bad

Marcia Angell, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Angell, M.D.

It's not just the right-wing crazies who oppose health reform. In addition, there are many sane Americans who worry about committing a trillion dollars to it. They have a point.

"Dr. Madoff" and "Dr. Countrywide": Barriers to Health Reform, Threats to Economic Recovery

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need to help the majority of doctors redesign the way they "do business." That includes changing incentives so that a small minority of physicians don't benefit from doing the wrong thing.