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US journal embroiled in another conflict of interest scandal

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7127.247i (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:247
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The New England Journal of Medicine is facing criticism for publishing a scathing review of a book which claimed that industrial and environmental pollutants may be responsible for outbreaks of cancer.

    The review was written by Dr Jerry Berke, the medical director of W R Grace, a chemical company currently being blamed for polluting drinking water in a Boston suburb and for contaminating soils in Maryland with thorium.

    The review of the book (Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber) appears in the issue of 20 November (1997;337:1562). In his review Dr Berke calls the book …

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