Lecture: Harvard Doctor Explains "How The Drug And Other Medical Industries Influence Doctors' Medical Decisions And Your Health"
Contact:  Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
November 9, 2006

WHO: John Abramson, M.D., clinical faculty member at Harvard Medical School and author of Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

WHAT: “How the Drug and Other Medical Industries Influence Doctors’ Medical Decisions and Your Health,” a lecture of the Public Health Grand Rounds Series sponsored by the UNH Masters of Public Health and the NH Public Health Association.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Union Building Theatre I, University of New Hampshire, Durham

REGISTER: To register for this free event, contact Chris Hamann before Nov. 21 at chris.hamann@unh.edu or 603-862-2733.

MORE: In this lecture, Abramson will discuss how health and health care in the U.S. compares to that in other industrialized nations; how the production and dissemination of medical knowledge has become largely privatized; and the disparity between the national cholesterol guidelines and the best ways to prevent heart disease.

Abramson worked as a family doctor in Appalachia with the National Health Service Corps and for 20 years in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He was a Robert Wood Johnson fellow and is currently on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches primary care. He served for 7 years as chairman of the department of family practice at Lahey Clinic. He was twice voted “best doctor” in his area by readers of the local newspapers and three times selected by his peers as one of a handful of best family practitioners in Massachusetts.

He has been published in the New York and Los Angeles Times and has made more than 60 appearances on national television, including two appearances on “The Today Show.” He lectures frequently to both medical and non-medical audiences about the crisis in American health care.