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Amid Public Feuds, A Venerated Medical Journal Finds Itself Under Attack

By Charles Ornstein/ProPublica

This story was co-published with the Boston Globe.

The New England Journal of Medicine is arguably the best-known and most venerated medical journal in the world. Studies featured in its pages are cited more often, on average, than those of any of its peers. And the careers of young researchers can take off if their work is deemed worthy of appearing in it.

But following a series of well-publicized feuds with prominent medical researchers and former editors of the Journal, some are questioning whether the publication is slipping in relevancy and reputation. The Journal and its top editor, critics say, have resisted correcting errors and lag behind others in an industry-wide push for more openness in medical research. And dissent has been dismissed with a paternalistic arrogance, they say.

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Posted on April 30, 2016

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A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Has The Library Outlived Its Usefulness In The Internet Age?

By Daniel Barclay/The Conversation
Good question!

Posted on April 29, 2016

Amid Public Feuds, A Venerated Medical Journal Finds Itself Under Attack

By Charles Ornstein/ProPublica
The New England Journal of Medicine calls researchers seeking others' data for replication "parasites," and last May ran a three-part series questioning efforts to curb financial conflicts of interest among doctors.

Posted on April 30, 2016

Local Book Notes: Free Speech, Winning Elections & Memory

By Steve Rhodes
Many political and cultural leaders feared that extending freedom of expression to agitators would undermine society.

Posted on April 20, 2016

Chicago's Poetry Pulitzer

Was Speaking At University Of Illinois When Award Was Announced
"In the dynamic, sensual language of these poems, we are reminded that the history of atrocity, trauma, and forgetting is both global and ancient."

Posted on April 19, 2016

Among The Wild Mulattos

By Roosevelt University
Questioning the idea of human uniqueness.

Posted on April 18, 2016

Midland Awards | Galileo's Middle Finger, Brain Ghosts & Stonewall

By The Society of Midland Authors with The Beachwood Added Value Affairs Desk
Plus: Mothers, Daughters, Marvels & Wonders.

Posted on April 13, 2016

Whose Ghetto?

By Steve Rhodes
Ghettos are not natural occurrences; they are created and maintained.

Posted on April 12, 2016

Adventures In Tax Avoidance

By Fiona Haines/The Conversation
Rise of the dodgy middlemen.

Posted on April 6, 2016

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