I just happened across a truly remarkable quote.
See if you can guess who said this…
“We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered it, the larger they have been.”
No, that quote doesn’t come from some idealistic hippie back in the 60s. The lines were spoken by George Merck in 1950, the same year he stepped down after 25 years as the president of Merck & Co.
Hard to say how much of that statement is a heartfelt sentiment or a calculated attempt at corporate image building. But one thing is certain, if he meant every word of it, then he would never recognize what his company has become more than half a century later.