How sick are you? It depends on what the definition of ‘sick’ is…

By Mary Gabb ([email protected] ) The publication several years ago of Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All into Patients by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels has brought the concept of disease-mongering into a global debate, and has introduced (or reintroduced) terms such as “medicalisation” and “lifestyle drugs” into today’s…

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Association of American Medical Colleges issues task force report on industry funding of medical education

By David Woods ( [email protected] ) The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently issued a 43-page report of its task force on industry funding of medical education. Sections of the report deal with site access by pharmaceutical company representatives. Specifically, the report states that “to protect patients, patient care areas, and work schedules, access…

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Why they rejected your manuscript – and what you can do about it

By David Woods ([email protected]) Journal editors reject submitted manuscripts because they are: Inappropriate for their audience Poorly designed studies Poorly written Seen to have been submitted elsewhere Suspected of conflict of interest When your manuscript is rejected, there are ways to handle the issue… principally by not taking rejection personally. There may be factors well…

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