Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News

Italians fail to overturn restrictive reproduction law

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7505.1405 (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1405

Rapid Response:

evidence and opinion

Sir, the article from Turone in the current issue of the BMJ deserves
some comments. As a regular reader, I wish to know if this article is
somewhat representative of the journal policy, or whether it reflects only
the author's opinion; since dr. Turone seems to have no specific reason to
write on this theme (PubMed search), the article, who is by no means
objective, would have been better placed in a corrispondence or opinion
section of a such authoritative medical journal. Moreover, he cited some
popular scientists to support - without any prove - that "most of the
scientific community sided with the referendum". To my knowledge, neither
Rita Levi Montalcini nor Renato Dulbecco have worked in fertility
research. To listen Nobel laureates to speak in favour of the research is
as obvious as to listen Oscar Prize winners to apologize in favour of
cinema. Dr. Veronesi has served as minister of health of the previous
centre left government coalition, so he has a clear conflict of interest
on this topic.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2005
Marco Cei
haematologist
57124, Livorno, Italy