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Democratisation of scientific advice

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

Authors advocate getting dressed for public performance, not nakedness is bad

  1. Roland Bal, assistant professor (,
  2. Wiebe E Bijker, professor of technology and society studies,
  3. Ruud Hendriks, assistant professor of philosophy
  1. Department of Health Policy and Management, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. Faculty of Arts and Culture, University of Maastricht, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands

EDITOR—Rather than arguing that nakedness is bad like Abbasi,1 in our article on the democratisation of science we urge transparency advocates to be specific about the body parts that should be displayed publicly.2

As scientific advisory councils find themselves at the intersections of science and society, they necessarily transgress the boundaries of science. This makes them vulnerable to the politicisation …

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