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Posted by on Nov 19, 2009 in Ethics

While Investigating Medical Ghostwriting, Grassley and Deans Will Likely Exchange Ghostwritten Letters

While Investigating Medical Ghostwriting, Grassley and Deans Will Likely Exchange Ghostwritten Letters

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Investigating medical ghostwriting, Senator Chuck Grassley (IA-R), ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to the deans of 10 medical schools, reported the NYT on Wednesday. The text of the 2-page, single-spaced letter was chosen carefully by one or more members of Grassley’s staff and then signed by Grassley.

In the Grassley-signed letter (which can be found here), the medical deans are asked to respond to 6 essay-type questions regarding their schools’ policies on ghostwriting and plagiarism. The deans will, no doubt, delegate the writing of the responses to administrative minions and then sign their names to the responses no later than December 8th, as requested.

Photo of Senator Grassley from grassley.senate.gov.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.


1 Comment

  1. Touche!