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Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It by Harriet Brown

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Chapter 4

Money, Motivation, and the Medical Machine

              “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

—Upton Sinclair, from I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked

Not long ago, I rode up in a hospital elevator with a bariatric surgeon, a trim, smiling man in his forties holding a box of doughnuts. I didn’t know he was a bariatric surgeon—he wore no white coat, no identifying badge—but we got off on the same floor, which housed both the bariatric wing and the ICU, and headed in the same direction, and I saw him approach a cluster of nurses (all women, as it happened) and present the doughnuts with a little bow. “This is for you lovely ladies,” he announced. He ...

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