DOCTORS ARE GETTING GREEDY....after taking Hippocratic Oath...are becoming Hypocrites for simply the money...which they earn abundantly....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on January 13, 2010


?????which are supposed to be independent and peer reviewed !!!!
......where is the ethics of conflict of interest ...

......Medical journals also have been criticized
for not always requiring authors
to fully disclose financial conflicts.....

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by doctors swearing to ethically practice medicine. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC), or by one of his students, and is usually included in the Hippocratic Corpus. Original, translated into English:]


I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:

To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.

I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.

I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.

If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot. (Please read the full article by clicking here)



Today's news sharing is very disturbing from the example of Dr., Thomas Zdeblick, a University of Wisconsin orthopedic surgeon who, in 2002, has pocketed millions of dollars in royalties from the spinal device maker Medtronic, took over as editor-in-chief of a medical journal about spinal disorders...and then there is the friendly relations between doctors and pharmaceuticals which has been talked and talked and talked about...but the power of money again is having a corrupting influence on doctors and pharmaceuticals too...

All these eroding of ethics is happening in the era we live in called kli-yug as per the vEDik time count of creation...It says in the sNskRUt texts Sciences of Life and Creations called vED that as kli-yug progresses to its span of 432,000 years humans will resort to more and more of this corrupting lifestyle...and we are only in the 5110th year of the kli-yug.....when already 75 percent of the human population is not living daily by DHARm as today's news sharing appears to be alluding to....DHARm is the universal rules by which all creations can co-exist in harmony supporting each other's sustenance and progressive prosperity...But when DHARm is dumped meaning when universal laws of TRUTH are ignored and/or compromised then the humans have to suffer pain, pain and pain....But vED also states that money will be the ruler above all and the most compromiser of DHARm in kli-yug....and the proof lies in today's news sharing and other such sharings on this SEARCHING FOR TRUTH website PVAF.....(this para contributed by Champak Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from his vED library and vED learning in conjunction with  his 64 years of life-journey in this kli-yug)

 Please click on the next line to read what has been happening to the above Hippocratic Oath...

8 Principles
source: brunlea-web



.....Medical journal editor: a Orthopedic Surgeon
  gets royalties as his articles favour devices....


(from: Edmonton Journal: 30 Dec 2009: John Fauber, Milwaukee, USA, Milwaukee Journal  Sentinel)


 In 2002, Thomas Zdeblick, a University of Wisconsin orthopedic surgeon who has pocketed millions of dollars in royalties from the spinal device maker Medtronic, took over as editor-in-chief of a medical journal about spinal disorders.

It would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

In the years to come, Zdeblick would receive more than $20 million in patent royalties from Medtronic for spinal implants sold by the company. And the medical journal he edited would become a conduit for positive research articles involving Medtronic spinal products, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis found.

Zdeblick took over editorship of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques seven years ago. Since then, studies involving Medtronic spinal products or that were funded by Medtronic appeared in the journal at least once per issue, on average.

Dozens of studies that mentioned Medtronic products have been published while Zdeblick has been editor. But in issue after issue, readers of the journal were not told that he was receiving millions of dollars in royalty payments from Medtronic at the same time.

Most of the time the articles, including some co-authored by Zdeblick himself about devices for which he gets royalties, had good things to say about the Medtronic products. Only on a small number of occasions did the articles find major problems with Medtronic devices.

And often the articles did not disclose financial ties the authors had to Medtronic. Zdeblick declined to comment for this story.

While editors wield tremendous influence in medicine, they are rarely under the spotlight. “It’s absolutely a conflict,” said Richard Smith, the former editor of the British Medical Journal.

At a minimum, Zdeblick’s conflict should be fully disclosed by his journal whenever a study involving a Medtronic product is published, said Smith, the author of The Trouble with Medical Journals.”

However, because he makes so much money from Medtronic royalties, he really should not be editing the journal at all, Smith said.

The situation with Zdeblick and the journal is another twist in the ongoing controversy over conflicts of interest in the field of medicine.

In the last two years, there have been several high-profile cases involving influential doctors who were getting large sums from drug or device companies without fully informing their patients or the universities they worked for.

Then the universities themselves came under fire for accepting millions of dollars from drug companies to sponsor continuing education courses for doctors. Often, those courses were little more than drug-company marketing that downplayed the risks of drugs and promoted benefits. Sometimes, articles used in those courses were ghostwritten by agents working for the drug companies even though the names of physicians were put on the articles.

Medical journals also have been criticized for not always requiring authors to fully disclose financial conflicts.

Largely escaping the fray, however, have been journal editors such as Zdeblick.

Journal editors, who often are physicians, may have their own financial relationships with drug or device companies, although seldom are those conflicts disclosed, doctors say.

“It’s a black box,” said Jerome Cassirer, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. “Nobody has any idea what goes on in the editorial offices of journals.”

In a statement, a spokesman for the spinal journal said Zdeblick has disclosed his financial relationship with Medtronic to the company that publishes the journal, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

All manuscripts submitted to the journal go through a rigorous review process using reviewers who have an objective viewpoint, Robert Dekker, director of communications with Wolters Kluwer Health and Pharma Solutions, said in a statement. “Thanks to our strict peer review policies and processes, we have no concerns about the existence of this relationship,” Dekker said in an e-mail.

Dekker declined to provide a list of the reviewers used by the journal or information about their financial relationships with device companies. He also declined to comment on how Zdeblick made decisions about manuscripts and reviewers.

He said Medtronic is the market leader, with three times the revenue of the second-leading company and that it generates a higher volume of news and announcements that warrant a high volume of coverage.

“Our coverage of Medtronic products is in no way tied to or impacted by any separate relationship between the company and Dr. Thomas Zdeblick,” he said.

In an e-mail, Marybeth Thorsgaard, a spokeswoman for Medtronic, said the journal is independent and peer-reviewed.

“Medical publications have safeguards against selection bias along with disclosure requirements,” she said.

The editors of medical journals can be some of the most powerful people in medicine.

“Once an editor makes a decision, there is no recourse; they are like a king,” said Kassirer, author of On the Take: How Medicine’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health.

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