Friday, January 30, 2015

“Cuckoo For Cocoa Puffs?” Accepted By 17 Medical Journals

As reported by one of the major problems with this entire industry of medical publication is that while some of the journals might sound like credible outlets, they actually fall way short of any sort of reasonable quality standards...  This is not only a disservice to the public, but it is an outright deception because it deliberately muddies the waters and makes it extremely difficult for a person to determine which journals are reputable and which ones are worthless. Not to mention that pseudoscientists, alternative medical proponents, and other unscrupulous individuals will point to articles published in worthless journals as evidence to support their ideas and positions.

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"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine"

Marcia Angell, “Drug companies & doctors: a story of corruption," NY Review of Books, 56 #1, 15 Jan