It is unfortunate that Dr. Fairchild's obituary perpetuates the idea that Dr. Relman, a truly admirable man and physician, was the originator of the "Medical Industrial Complex" formulation. In fact, the concept of the Medical-Industrial Complex had been developed by the Health Policy Advisory Center (Health-PAC), a remarkable New York City think tank that was created in the late 1960's and produced an impressive body of scholarship. (See, for example, Barbara and John Ehrenreich's 1970 book: The American Health Empire: Power, Profits, and Politics.).
In reading Relman's 1980 article he makes no mention of this prior work. I sense that Dr. Fairchild's obituary continues this marginalization of progressive viewpoints within the halls of academic medicine.
For interested readers, the HealthPAC archives are available at: http://www.healthpacbulletin.org/.