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Volume 1, Issue 2
Summer 2005:

The Science of Magic Pills

Steven Sobel, MD

Cell 2 Soul. 2005 Summer; 1(2):a11

Pharmaceutical companies have both the financial assets and the motive to influence the clinical practice of psychiatry (and other fields of medicine). The insidious and pervasive nature of this influence is discussed. Advertising techniques disguised as academic symposia and journal articles are used to "educate" psychiatrists. Pharmaceutical marketing campaigns make use of distorted or biased presentations of research and contribute to changes in diagnostic categories as well as prescribing practices. Without constant vigilance to these attempts at manipulation, pernicious effects on patient expectations and physician decision-making may result.

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