A Question Of Intent: A Great American Battle With A Deadly Industryby David Kessler
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Tobacco companies had been protecting their turf for decades. They had congressmen in their pocket. They had corrupt scientists who made excuses about nicotine, cancer and addiction. They had hordes of lawyers to threaten anyoneinside the industry or outwho posed a problem. They had a whole lot of money to spend. And they were good at getting people to do what they wanted them to do. After all, they had already convinced millions of Americans to take up an addictive, unhealthy, and potentially deadly habit.
David Kessler didn't care about all that. In this book he tells for the first time the thrilling detective story of how the underdog FDAwhile safeguarding the nation's food, drugs, and blood supplyfinally decided to take on one of the world's most powerful opponents, and how it won. Like A Civil Action or And the Band Played On, A Question of Intent weaves together science, law, and fascinating characters to tell an important and often unexpectedly moving story. We follow Kessler's team of investigators as they race to find the clues that will allow the FDA to assert jurisdiction over cigarettes, while the tobacco companies and their lawyers fight backhard. Full of insider information and drama, told with wit, and animated by its author's moral passion, A Question of Intent reads like a Grisham thriller, with one exceptioneverything in it is true.
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Mele thought for a moment. "There's no reason why I can't tell you. It was a paper that Vic and I wrote for a journal called Psychopharmacology, but it was never published. Philip Morris made us withdraw it."
That's it, thought Gary. That's what we're looking for...
"A year after we left Philip Morris, we resubmitted the nicotine article to Psychopharmacology," Mele said. "We figured that after so much time we might get away with it."
"What happened?" asked Tom.
"Same thing as happened the first time. Philip Morris found out about it, and they exercised the confidentiality clause in our contracts. They threatened to sue if we tried to publish. We had to withdraw it again." After that they stopped trying.
Mele was still on the speakerphone, and Mitch leaned forward as he said, "We would very much like to see this paper, but we understand you no longer have a copy."
"Aside from DeNoble, do you have any idea who might have one?"
"I'm sorry, no."
Mitch tried another tack. "Correct me if I'm wrong, but I imagine that like any other scientific paper, this one must have gone through a peer review process. Am I right?"
"Would you happen to remember the name of the journal's editor?"
There was a silence, and then Mele said, "He was called a Field Editor, and I think his name was Barry."
"First or second name?"
"Surname. That's right, it was Herbert Barry. I think he was at the University of Pittsburgh."
"Any idea what department?"
"Pharmacology, I guess. It would have to be."
Mitch turned to me and gave a silent thumbs-up. His lips formed the word, Bingo!
Excerpted by permission of PublicAffairs, Inc. Copyright © 2001 David Kessler.
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David Kessler is Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine. He served as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, from 1990 to 1997. Kessler is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Chicago Law School. He lives in Connecticut with his family.
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This book has truly impacted my life. Hats off to Kessler!
Excellent book. I had to read it for my Pub class and i just enjoyed it. I never knew that rats was willing to give up food and water for nicotine as most smokers do.