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‘Power and dependence’ – an important book


When did you last send in a Yellow Card? Only one doctor in six has ever done so. Adverse reactions, particularly to new drugs, are under-reported by several orders of magnitude. Official regulatory bodies depend on this system and rightly want a strong case before revoking the licence of a drug whose benefits appear to outweigh the risks. The delays can conceal avoidable morbidity and mortality which often emerge only when a scandal breaks.

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  • * Medawar C. Power and Dependence. Published by Social Audit Ltd, P.O. Box 111, London NW1 8XG. Price £10 from bookshops; £11 by mail order; £6 per copy if 10 or more are ordered.