Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ghost management and racial essentialism


Very interesting current issue of PLOS MEDICINE. There are several highly interesting pieces on the use and abuse of racial 'eye balling' of patients in medical practice, including papers by Ellison and Fausto-Sterling. Also, my colleague Sergio Sismondo has a piece on ghost management in medical research. He describes at length how pharmaceutical companies ghost manage medical research that they finance, all the way throughout the research process, from study design to the writ-up (for publication) of the results. So, as consumers of pharmaceuticals as well as health care professionals relying on published research results we have reason to be very concerned. All of this is well worth your time, and well worth reading.

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