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A must-read: how ghostwriters helped sell HRT

A must-read: how ghostwriters helped sell HRT

For those who have been mystified by the resolute defence of HRT by some specialists, for those who are interested in integrity in publishing, medicine and science, and for those who enjoy a shocking yarn – this PLoS Medicine article is a must-read. It is by Adriane J. Fugh-Berman from the Department of Physiology and […]

A free book – Smart Health Choices – get your copy here….

A free book – Smart Health Choices – get your copy here….

Years ago, when I was the medical writer at the Sydney Morning Herald I undertook a short course that aimed to equip journalists with the basics of epidemiology. It was run by Professor Les Irwig, an epidemiologist at the University of Sydney, and his wife Judy Irwig, who were concerned about the way media reporting […]

Why the ghostwriters are sending shivers up medical spines

Why the ghostwriters are sending shivers up medical spines

It’s extremely likely that a number of Australian medicos suffered some uncomfortable “there but for the grace of God go I” moments this week. The immediate cause of their discomfort was the New York Times revelation that Wyeth had paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favourable to its hormone replacement therapy product. Dozens of […]