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Books, Journals, New Media
September 26, 2001

Publishing EthicsEthical Issues in Biomedical Publication

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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edited by Anne Hudson Jones and Faith McLellan, 374 pp, $55, ISBN 0-8018-6314-7, paper, $22.50, ISBN 0-8018-6315-5, Baltimore, Md, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;286(12):1515. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1515-JBK0926-3-1

This volume takes a focused approach to problems that beset medical practitioners today, especially those involved in clinical research.

The authors have assembled an outstanding group of scientists with experience in their fields of expertise. The two distinguished editors have brought together the diverse ideas of their contributors.

In three major sections, the book presents the major ethical issues facing publishers, including practical considerations. Then follow possible solutions to ethical publishing problems, by means (which should be intertwined) of law, policy, and education. The third is preferred by the authors, since it allows freedom of expression while setting bounds to systemic change. Finally, commentaries on incidents in the medical field that we have witnessed are presented, with a firm caveat to be guided by self-imposed regulations, preferable to interference by higher authority. The most important message this tome offers the reader is that the moral principles of this society should be respected in all human research, and conclusions should be based upon unbiased evidence developed in clinical trials.

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