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When John Abramson, M.D., author of Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine, lectured at Harvard's 2008 Ethical Issues in Global Health Research course, he dismissed much of the content of contemporary U.S. medical journals — widely embraced as irreproachable bastions of disinterested scientific evaluation — as "little better than infomercials."
See also: Doctors push drugs for dollars.
Moreover, many biased medical-journal articles are not even the work of physicians or scientists, but of ghostwriters who script them in accordance with the drugmakers' marketing messages. A medical expert is found who, for a few thousand dollars, is willing to append his or her signature, and then the piece is published without any disclosure of the ghostwriter's role.