Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Dr Evjy finds me guilty of "reflexive
cynicism." I have chosen, he claims, "with little foundation, to believe the
worst about the motives of the MMS." He continues, "A closer study of our
words—and our deeds—should finally retire all such unfair speculation."
To avoid any such speculation, I did indeed study Evjy's deeds. The
executive of the MMS forced the departure of his editor, Dr Kassirer, a distinguished
academic clinician, prematurely and against his wishes, very largely over
a fight about branding unrelated products with the journal's name. That's
an impressive deed. Several other deeds followed as a direct consequence:
resignations, in protest, from the New England Journal of
Medicine's editorial board, from among the editors, and from the Committee
on Publications. These expressions of dismay by people I know and greatly
respect helped me feel even more confident that my strong objections to Kassirer's
removal were based on solid foundations.
Rennie D. Editors and Owners of Scientific Journals—Reply. JAMA. 2000;283(3):335-336. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-3-jac90010