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Democratisation of scientific advice

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:602

Secrecy and democracy don't mix

  1. John R Kemm, public health physician (
  1. Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 8DF

EDITOR—Bal et al struggle to show that “concealing information from public scrutiny” is a necessary condition for “democratic function” but fail.1 The fault in their argument is the assumption that an advisory committee should alone decide how the question is framed, how different types of …

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