Money, what money? Oh, that money.

excerpt from Scientific American by Cynthia Graber

We expect scientists and doctors to be upfront about whether papers they publish may line their purses. But according to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine [Susan Chimonas, Zachary Frosch and David Rothman,], nearly half of surgeons who made at least a million dollars from orthopedic device companies did not reveal that fact in their publications.

The study authors searched a public database in which five manufacturing companies disclosed the amounts they paid consultants. The companies shelled out almost $250 million in 2007 for consulting, about 62 percent of which went to only 41 orthopedic surgeons. Each made more than a million dollars…

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