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December 18, 1991

Political Interference With Research?-Reply

Author Affiliations

Louisiana State University Medical Center New Orleans, La

Louisiana State University Medical Center New Orleans, La

JAMA. 1991;266(23):3286. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470230043025

In Reply.  —The implication that information about my research was not available in 1988 simply is not true. In fact, beginning in 1984, I published numerous abstracts and made many presentations to national and international scientific organizations throughout the United States and Canada (list available from the author on request). Publications continued throughout the life of the contract and one of the most recent has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery.1While it may be appropriate for Congress to turn to the GAO for specialized investigations, serious questions have been raised about the validity of its research. According to the July 27, 1991, issue of The Congressional Quarterly, congressional complaints against the GAO's research conclusions have become so numerous that legislation has been introduced that would significantly change the way the GAO will be allowed to operate.I reiterate that no scientific experts were ever permitted