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Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, to speak on drugs, ethics

On Wed., May 4, Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, will deliver a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. in Wilder 104. The lecture will be based on her book The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It (Random House, 2004). Angell is the 2005 Burt N. Dorsett '53 Fellow in Applied and Professional Ethics at the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute.

Marcia AngellMarcia Angell, author of The Truth About the Drug Companies, will deliver a lecture on campus Wed., May 4. (photo courtesy of Random House)

Angell's book explains the uneven relationship between pharmaceutical marketing campaigns and research and development efforts. She describes how drugs are developed, and the role that federal research funding, the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical corporations play in a drug's creation and subsequent distribution to doctors and their patients.

Angell is currently a senior lecturer in medical ethics in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"Dr. Angell's insight into the ethical behavior behind the business of drug companies makes her a valuable speaker for our students," says Aine Donovan, Executive Director of the Ethics Institute. "She offers a compelling position on one of the most important issues in society: access to medical treatment."

During her visit to Dartmouth, Angell will meet with students from Dartmouth Medical School and Tuck, as well as undergraduates. Donovan says that the more intimate meetings with students are designed to stimulate discussion around the ethical tensions that young professionals will face in their careers.

The Burt N. Dorsett 1953 Fellowship Program Endowment in Applied and Professional Ethics supports a visiting fellow who can provide students and faculty with opportunities to improve their understanding of the ethical challenges in a variety of fields.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08