August 23/30, 2006

The Influence of Money on Medical Science

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief, JAMA (cathy.deangelis@jama-archives.org).


Published online August 7, 2006 (doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.jed60051).

JAMA. 2006;296(8):996-998. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.jed60051

While on vacation recently, I had the opportunity to contemplate the sometimes unethical influence of money on medical science, a very serious issue, which has become more evident over the past year or so. It seemed ironic that this wonderful time of contemplation was aided by the soothing, normal flow of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, which just a week before had deluged roaring destructive flood waters well beyond its normal banks. Such is the nature of Nature, which very much mimics the pattern of my thoughts over the past few weeks as I experienced what happened as a result of trying to address a serious problem.

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