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Posted Sep 14 2008 6:00pm

My website -- Honest Medicine: My Dream for the Future -- now features a special three-part series, entitled “The JAMA Controversy.”

Part 1: Arrogance AND Stupidity?

Part 2: How JAMA Publicized Its Two Controversial Articles/Studies

Part 3: A Very Important Postscript

It seems that the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, known as JAMA, has recently been caught in a web of deceit. Three times in the last 6 months, JAMA published articles reporting on studies whose physician authors did NOT report significant financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.

JAMA’s editor in chief responded by saying that the journal was taken in by these physician authors and that, in the future, there would be stricter author guidelines.

For their parts, the authors said that they saw no reason why they should have revealed their financial ties. In fact, they flatly denied that their financial associations with the pharmaceutical companies constituted any conflict of interest at all!

In this 3-part series, I reveal information that is not normally known about how medical news is made -- actual “inside information.” Readers will see, through these three articles, what the media DID and DID NOT know about the stories they reported on.

Was JAMA duped by its physician/authors? Should the JAMA staff have been better detectives? Or was the media actually duped by the AMA?

I hope you will agree that this three-part series answers these questions, and more, and that the information I reveal is eye-opening and thought-provoking.

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