Arnold S. Relman

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Arnold Seymour "Bud" Relman (June 17, 1923 – June 17, 2014) was an American professor of medicine and social medicine from New York City, New York (born in Queens). He was professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He was also editor of The New England Journal of Medicine from 1977 to 1991 and wrote extensively on medical publishing and reform of the U.S. health care system. While editor of The New England Journal of Medicine he instituted two important policies one asking the popular press not to report on articles before publication and another requiring authors to disclose conflicts of interest.[2] Relman was editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation from 1962 to 1967.[3] He is the only person to have been president of the American Federation for Clinical Research, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.[2]

In November 1988 Relman was awarded Honorary Fellowship by the New York University School of Medicine.[4] He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts of melanoma in 2014 at the age of 91.[2]

Skepticism of for-profit health care[edit]

In 1999, Relman participated in a Harvard Medical School debate on the subject of unionization of physicians and for-profit health care. His stance was described:

"Although he believes that managed care is here to stay, the current 'marketplace' state of health care is not viable. In order for the system to work, it is going to have to be 'not-for-profit, community-based, and run by doctors and local health care institutions with the support of community groups.' Keeping the big picture in mind, Relman said, 'Unions are unnecessary in a not-for-profit sector.'"[5]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. "Harvard Catalyst Profiles: Arnold Seymour Relman, M.D.". The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Douglas (June 21, 2014). "Dr. Relman, medical editor and health system critic, dies at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  3. ^ Insel, Paul A.; Kornfeld, Stuart; Majerus, Philip W.; Marks, Andrew R. et al. (2004). "Blasts from the past". Journal of Clinical Investigation 114 (8): 1017–33. doi:10.1172/JCI200423321. PMC 522273. PMID 15489944. 
  4. ^ Farber, Saul J. (November 1988). "Conferring of Honorary Fellowship upon Arnold S. Relman, M.D.". Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 64 (8): 887–90. PMC 1629363. PMID 3072042. 
  5. ^ Chu, Catherine (December 3, 1999). "Panelists debate if doctors should unionize". Focus (Harvard Medical School). 

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