Marcia-Angell-

The first woman Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine; currently Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; author of The Truth About the Drug Companies. . . .

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Fred Baughman

A neurologist in private practice for 35 years, he differentiates real diseases — epilepsy, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, etc. — from “no disease” diagnoses — emotional, psychological, psychiatric. . . .

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Sydney Brenner

Dr. Sydney Brenner, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine (2002), deplores the current profit-driven culture in science. A culture in which he believes — as do a significant growing number of genuine scientists and physicians — genuine breakthroughs and important discoveries are impeded. In a recent interview in King’s Review magazine (2014) he expressed his critical…

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Nora Coffey

Nora Coffey is a prominent women’s health advocate, activist and educator who founded the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services (HERS) Foundation in 1982. The foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the alternatives to and aftermath of hysterectomy. In 1978, Nora Coffey, then in her mid-thirties, had surgery which sent shock waves…

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Bernice Eddie

Bernice Eddy, PhD (1903–1989) a virologist and epidemiologist at NIH, identified SV40, a cancer-causing monkey virus that millions of children were exposed to from contaminated polio vaccines. In 1954, while the NIH was testing the first commercial polio vaccines, Eddy’s job was to test the vaccines from five different companies. She and her staff worked…

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Carl Elliott

Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, is professor at the Center for bioethics, University of Minnesota, the author of several books including White Coat, Black Hat. In 2014 Dr. Elliott received the Pellgrino Medal to honor his contributions to healthcare ethics. For several years he has focused attention on the deadly corruption of clinical trials; the catalyst…

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Curt Furberg

Curt D. Furberg, MD, an internationally recognized cardiovascular epidemiologist with expertise in clinical trials, drug safety and public health. Dr. Furberg is a Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University who has chaired NIH’s Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack (ALLHAT) Steering Committee and has been a vocal advocate for…

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David Graham

David Graham, MD, FDA’s Associate Director of Science and Medicine who, throughout his career, has been a thorn for FDA managers by identifying hazardous drug effects. In 1999, his data helped identify the risk of liver damage from Pfizer’s diabetes drug Rezulin — which eventually was withdrawn from the market. In 2004, he emerged as…

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Diane Harper

Professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville. From 2009 to 2013 she was a professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City’s department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. From 1996 to 2009 she was a professor at Dartmouth Medical School and director of the Gynecologic Cancer…

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Bernadine Healy

Bernadine Healy, MD, a cardiologist, was the first woman Director of the National Institutes of Health (1991–1993); Dean of Ohio State University College of Medicine (1995–1999); President of the American Heart Association (1998–1999); Deputy Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Techonology; Chair of the Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1985); and President…

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Jay Katz, MD

An eminent scholar, a professor of law and ethics at Yale Law School who spent more than 50 years tackling confounding questions on the boundaries between law, medicine, psychology and ethics. An inspirational teacher and mentor not only to his law students at Yale, but, as one of his distinguished students and colleagues, Alexander Capron,…

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Frances Oldham Kelsey MD, PhD, has earned her place as “America’s Greatest Living Heroine” — she turned 100 on July 24, 2014. Dr. Kelsey was the medical pharmacologist at the FDA who refused to license thalidomide for the U.S. market despite the enormous pressures put upon her by a pharmaceutical company. Her determination not to…

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