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Even pharmaceutical companies are vulnerable to loss of faith

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:540
  1. Steve Hickey, honorary fellow (
  1. Department of Biological Sciences, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD

    EDITOR—The scientific process depends on trust: we assume that authors acknowledge influences such as the involvement of pharmaceutical companies. In medicine, industry sways authors by funding research and by setting the norms for career advancement. Refereed publications are essential for promotion, so if industry can control the journals it has power over the medical profession. Increasingly, …

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