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Attack of the Pharmascolds

The self-righteous foes of industry-funded medical research.

May 12, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 33 • By DAVID A. SHAYWITZ and THOMAS P. STOSSEL
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But we do know this: If ongoing research shows that spiral CT prevents death from lung cancer, the finding will deserve celebration. Journalists should keep their eye on the ball and focus on the quality of the science rather than the character of its sponsors--and demand that pharmascolds do the same.

David A. Shaywitz, an endocrinologist, is a management consultant in New Jersey. Thomas P. Stossel is American Cancer Society professor of medicine at Harvard and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.