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Transparency and trust: Clear definition of ghost writing would be helpful

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1345
  1. Nicholas Moore (, chef de service
  1. Centre hospitalier et universitaire de Bordeaux, Université Victor Segalen-Bordeaux II, Département de Pharmacologie, 33076 Bordeaux Cedex, France

    EDITOR—The requirement that all authors have the idea, do all the work, get the data, analyse the data, and write the paper may be perfectly applicable to fundamental research, perhaps, or small clinical trials. In large studies it is not applicable: we are doing a 40 000 patient study of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and …

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