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Most leading US medical schools lack rules on ghostwriting

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c799

Ghostwriting & Plagiarism

Ghostwriting is an oxymoron and quasi-legitimate form of plagiarism. The
difference between ghostwriting and plagiarism is that the former pays for
someone else’s writing, while the latter steals it. But both practices are
reprehensible, because they mislead the public for the sake of false economic
gain and ego gratification. So it’s important to ascertain the true authorship of
anything we read, because the relationship between author and reader is

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Competing interests: No competing interests

13 February 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA