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Conflict of interest

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1555a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1555

Conflict of interest statement should be abolished

  1. C K Connolly
  1. Consultant physician Department of Medicine, Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust, Darlington DL3 6HX

    EDITOR,—Since the BMJ introduced the requirement that authors should declare any conflict of interest at the foot of papers and other articles1 such conflicts have rarely, if ever, been admitted. I wonder whether this reflects the truth.

    The purpose of scientific publication is to present the results of observations or experiments in such a way that readers can assess their veracity and importance in terms of scientific knowledge. In the case of a medical …

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