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Saturday, June 18, 2005

MEDICAL JOURNAL UNHEALTHY

Lancet is getting beaten upon for beat-ups:

Britain premier medical journal is endangering public health by publishing unfounded scare stories, 30 of the country’s leading scientists say today.

Poor editorial judgment at The Lancet has fuelled panic over issues such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, hormone replacement therapy and genetically modified (GM) crops, the eminent medical researchers charge in a letter that the journal has refused to publish.

The signatories, thirty fellows of the Royal Society, two of whom are Nobel laureates, accuse it of favouring “desperate headline-seeking” over sound science, to the detriment of public health. “Under the editorship of Richard Horton, the publication of badly conducted and poorly refereed scare stories has had devastating consequences for individual and public health, in the UK and abroad, and carried a high economic cost,” they say.

So, 30 signatories ... that’s almost half the number of actual dead people cited in Lancet’s “100,000 dead in Iraq” report. Therefore we may conclude, using the latest clustertronic survey technology, that 50,000 eminent scientists think Lancet is a load of crap.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/18/2005 at 11:08 AM
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