L. A. HEALEY, M.D.
To The Editor: To the discussion of fraud and irresponsible authorship by academicians and publishers, I would like to add another point of view: that of a reader. Although irresponsible authorship may facilitate fraud, I disagree that it is the more damaging offense. It is a nuisance to a reader, but fraud is destructive.
The escalation of multiple authors and bibliographic items in academic medicine seems, to an outsider, to be a charade that could be stopped without much difficulty. Petersdorf (1) is right that counting papers is easier than reading them, but the papers can be read. If Angell's
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HEALEY LA. Fraud and Irresponsible Authorship. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:886–887. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-886
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(6):886-887.
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