Buying respectability

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1098b (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1098
  1. Simon Chapman
  1. Associate professor Department of Community Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia simon(a)cmed.wh.su.edu.au

    EDITOR,—Cambridge University's proposed acceptance of funding for a chair from the tobacco conglomerate BAT (British American Tobacco)1 invites questions about whether there are any benefactors from whom the university would not consider accepting such funding.

    It is not inconceivable that a pornographic consortium might seek to fund a chair in erotic literature, the Libyan or Iraqi governments to fund chairs in counterinsurgency, or Zaire's disgustingly wealthy President Mobutu to fund a chair in community development. …

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