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August 12, 1939

SUBSIDIZED RESEARCH

JAMA. 1939;113(7):615. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800320067022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In Correspondence in The Journal July 15 Dr. J. A. Buchanan comments on the subsidized "researches" undertaken for the purpose of furnishing advertising propaganda.Dr. Buchanan's letter echoes, I am sure, what many have felt but few, unfortunately, have bothered to express. As Dr. Buchanan says, "experience has demonstrated that too frequently the recommendations have been influenced by the subsidy."It is indeed high time that the prostitution of the profession in this manner should be, as Dr. Buchanan suggests, recognized as a disgrace, declared unethical and suppressed. Certainly, if such "researches" and "clinical studies" are undertaken in good faith, there should be no reason to conceal the fact that they are subsidized or the amount of the subsidy and its source.As it is, such practices are more malodorous than scientific, inspire neither respect for the "eminent authors" nor confidence in their observations, and tend, in

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