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19 August, 2008

Health Warnings-4: “Mass consumption of medicines harms than heals: cardiologist”

The increasing “medicalisation” of society is spawning a culture of mass consumption of medicines that harms rather than heals mankind, B.M.Hegde, cardiologist and former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University said on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at Chennai.

Delivering a lecture as part of a series of golden jubilee medical lectures organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Dr.Hegde said this medicalisation was a product of the unholy alliance between modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr.Hegde’s talk was on “Life Span, Life Expectancy and Longevity – What is the doctor’s role?” If Caesarian sections represented medicalisat5ion of birth, the artificial prolonging of life with ventilator support was nothing other than the medicalisation of death, he said.

Citing studies and articles from reputed medical journals that critiqued the direction modern medicine was taking, Dr.Hegde said pharmaceutical industry had virtually grabbed the reins of the practice of modern medicine and dictated its direction.

Excerpt from “Mass consumption of medicines harms than heals: cardiologist” by Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Madurai, August 18, 2008.

Grateful thanks to The Hindu.

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