8.4.06

抄人所抄

‘There is no doubt,’ said K. very quietly, for he was pleased by the closely attentive attitude of the whole assembly; from this silence rose a buzz which was more exciting than the wildest applause. ‘There is no doubt that behind all the utterances of this court, and therefore behind my arrest and today’s examination, there stands a great organization. An organization which not only employs corrupt warders and fatuous supervisors and examining magistrates, of whom the best that can be said is that they are humble officials, but also supports a judiciary of the highest rank with its inevitable vast retinue of servants, secretaries, police officers and other assistants, perhaps even executioners — I don’t shrink from the word. And the purpose of this great organization, gentlemen? To arrest innocent persons and start proceedings against them which are pointless and mostly, as in my case, inconclusive.

– Franz Kafka, The Trial

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Anonymous Liam said...

【明報專訊】醫學期刊《科學醫學公共圖書館》周二出版由澳洲紐卡斯爾大學教授亨利及澳洲記者莫伊尼漢刊登合編的特別報告,指出藥廠為增加藥物銷量圖利,有系統地為無關痛癢的身體症狀「製造」病名,令不少健康人士無端變成病人。

害羞形容為「社交焦慮症」

報告指出,藥廠誇大生活中正常出現的許多小毛病,如更年期徵狀等,又把骨質疏鬆與高膽固醇等健康風險指標界定為「疾病」。普通的害羞表現,也會被形容為社交焦慮症,並以抗抑鬱藥治療﹔另一種被誇大的新病症是「無休腿症候群」(即患者經常不停移動腳部)。

男女性功能問題是其中一個被藥廠誇大的疾病。報告指,藥廠誇大了女性性功能障礙,以便創造新藥的市場。另治療陽痿的藥物如威而鋼等,被描繪成能增強健康男士性功能的「妙藥」。報告批評自創疾病「令健康的人變成病人,浪費寶貴資源,也對『患者』有害」。報告亦指關注疾病運動通常由藥廠資助,相關活動其實是藥廠「設計來推廣藥物,多於啟發、教育公眾預防疾病或保持健康的重要性」。

英國製藥工業協會發言人理查德回應報告時否認有關指控,稱英國有嚴格措施防止自創疾病行為。

對於報告的批評,理氏認為那是針對美國等容許藥廠直接向病人賣廣告的國家。

泰晤士報

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