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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 13869

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Publication type: Journal Article

Egilman DS, Bohme SR.
IJOEH and the critique of bias.
Int J Occup Environ Health 2008 Apr-Jun; 14:(2):147-51
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18507293


Abstract:

Since its founding in 1995, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health has been headed by Joseph LaDou. As an editor and a physician, Joe has never shied away from controversial issues. Indeed, he has energetically engaged in any number of debates, always taking the side of those who argued that – despite pressures of industry – people’s health should take first priority. Under Joe’s direction, the Journal has published a number of important pieces on the problems of bias and conflict of interest in scientific research and publishing …

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PMID: 18507293 [PubMed - in process]

 

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