Shannon Brownlee analyses why leading medical journals cannot be trusted due to contributor bias.
Ever had a debate with a friend who argues that if complementary medicine is indeed really effective then it should be written up in "peer reviewed reputable medical journals"?
The idea being that only such journals can objectively vouch for the validity of medical treatments and protocols.
Not so, writes Shannon Brownlee in the April 04 edition of the Washington Monthly magazine. She analyses how contributor financial conflicts of interest are now so prevalent that the integrity of the medical journals for unbiased objective reporting is at risk.
Indeed so much so,she concludes that you cannot trust medical journals anymore.