Medical editor in US criticised for legal work

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:690

The work that the editor of an American medical journal did for lawyers who were defending the makers of breast implants did not bias his handling of articles about the controversy over silicone implants, although it was “not prudent,” an investigation concluded last week. The review said, however, that Dr Peter Schur, editor of Arthritis and Rheumatism, should have stepped aside from judging articles on breast implants for the journal and should have told the journal's owner, the American College of Rheumatology, about his financial ties with the lawyers.

The journal's publications committee started the investigation last December after an article …

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