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January 19, 2000

Editors and Owners of Scientific Journals—Reply

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(3):335-336. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-3-jac90010

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.