Transparency and trust: In defence of medical writers

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1345-a (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1345
  1. Adam Jacobs (ajacobs@dianthus.co.uk), director
  1. Dianthus Medical Limited, London SW19 3TZ

    EDITOR—If ghost writing is defined as what happens when the identity of a writer is concealed, then Abbasi's statement, “We know that ghost writing happens, and the identity and the motivations of the ghost writer are not revealed” is self evidently true, albeit not very informative.1 However, many people understand medical ghost writing to mean that a professional medical writer, whose name …

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