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Tomorrow's Cures Today? How to Reform the Health Research System

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1550
  1. Fiona Q Wood, senior research fellow
  1. School of Administration and Training, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

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    Donald R Forsdyke

    Harwood Academic Publishers, £26, pp 186

    ISBN 90 5702 6031

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    Have major cures been delayed for political and personal reasons rather than because of the state of scientific knowledge or the availability of funds? Do those who make important scientific advances always receive adequate recognition? Which areas of research is the “quick fix” mentality driving and which researchers are deemed worthy of funding support? Are scientists forced to engage in unethical practices to ensure continuity of funding? Does the race for funds risk alienating young and talented scientists from the research enterprise? These are some of the questions …

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