The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
Recently, payments to your physicians by PHRMA and device makers have been made public. That's good news. The bad news is that it is damnably difficult to access this information. There appear to be many firewalls. Suffice it to say, many physicians in the US are on the take. It may even be worse in Canada. It must be the same everywhere expensive drugs and treatments are utilized.
When my mother-in-law was in the final, harrowing throes of pancreatic cancer, she had only one good day, and that was the day she smoked pot. Read this thoughtful, sad piece from the NY Times Journal of Medicine (12/10/11).