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July 15, 1939

SUBSIDIES FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH

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510 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn.

JAMA. 1939;113(3):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800280062020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Daily I, along with thousands of other physicians, receive reprints of articles written by physicians but distributed by drug manufacturers or medical and surgical supply companies. The public press daily contains many articles recommending these medicines or appliances. It is now generally known that these articles and recommendations are frequently subsidized. Experience has demonstrated that too frequently the recommendations have been influenced by the subsidy.In my opinion these concealed subsidies are a disgrace to our profession and should be declared unethical and suppressed in all quarters. If an article is published which reports investigations that have been subsidized by a company or an individual, a footnote should so state, along with the amount of the subsidy.

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