I personally think that the quality of evidence-based medical research
in the USA is being threatened by two cultural phenomena. First of all,
I think that many US medical researchers are too narrowly focused on
their personal interest (rather than the public's interests), and that
this type of narrowly focused behaviour can potentially corrupt the
quality of their research work. I also think that too much
evidence-based research is being funded by pharmaceutical companies and
that academic centers may be too closely aligned with those same
I have posted two magazine articles dealing with those two issues in a
new section of my EM guidemap website. If you are interested in reading
those two articles/essays, just go to my website at
http://emguidemaps.homestead.com/JeffMannEMguidemaps.html and click on
the essay "Evidence-based medicine under siege!" in the soapbox section
of my webpage.
I am interested in your opinions and I plan to post the most insightful
comments from readers in the "commentary, criticism and controversy"
section of that dual-essay posting.
I apologise for the large file size and long download time, but I have
not yet learnt how to compress the gif images created by my computer
scanner. I would appreciate advice from computer-literate subscribers -
which gif/jpg compression tool should I purchase?
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