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It's folly to allow the enemy access to your camp

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:774
  1. Martin J Connolly*
  1. Senior lecturer Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Manchester, Barnes Hospital, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 2NY

    EDITOR,—John Roberts and Richard Smith cite a variety of arguments to support their assertion that medical journals should not ban research sponsored by the tobacco industry.1 Their comparison between research sponsored by tobacco companies and that sponsored by drug companies (and the suggestion that some of the latter might be “suspect”) is invalid. In contrast to tobacco, drug company products can be shown to have some beneficial effect. In certain …

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