The systematic corruption of medical knowledge, ranging from clinical trials and new diagnostic categories through practice guidelines to physician prescribing practices, is highlighted in a special fall issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
In his introduction to the JLME issue, Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, wrote:
"Every author in this collection writes from the perspective of institutional corruption. Not every author accepts the definition that I have offered here, or at least, not completely. But a field does not begin with a definition. It begins with examples and with analysis of those examples.
The collection offered here is a rich and valuable intervention into a field that is increasingly the focus of regulators and the public. My hope is that this collection might inspire a similar examination elsewhere."