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Angell examines health care reform

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, 8 p.m. McCosh 50

Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, will open this year's University Public Lectures Series with a discussion of health care reform and the U.S. presidential election at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in McCosh 50.

In her lecture, titled "Reforming Our Health System: Why Neither Candidate Has the Answer," Angell will explore why -- despite higher and spiraling per-capita costs -- the American system provides fewer basic health services than many other advanced nations. She will propose fundamental changes that would make universal health care at sustainable cost a real possibility.

Angell, a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been a frequent critic of the American model of health care. She also has written extensively about the pharmaceutical industry. Her 2005 book, "The Truth About the Drug Companies," issued a scathing critique of the industry's marketing tactics as well as its ties to clinical research and medical education. She also is the author of "Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case" and a co-author of "Basic Pathology." She writes frequently about medical ethics, health policy, the nature of medical evidence and end-of-life care.

Angell joined the editorial staff of The New England Journal of Medicine in 1979 and served as executive editor for 11 years and editor-in-chief for one year before leaving in 2000.

The lecture is funded by the Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund.

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