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PLoS Medicine Editorial:

Questions alcohol industry

A recent editorial in the peer-reviewed open access journal PLoS Medicine asks why medical journals and public health advocates who are concerned with corporate conflicts of interest, inappropriate marketing to children, impotent self-regulation, and general flouting of the rules are ignoring the alcohol industry.

Øystein Bakke

The PLoS editors point to the crises of confidence that surronds the behavior and practices of Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, but the relative inadequate prominence of critical voices regarding the alcohol industry. Several reasons why medical journals are soft on the alcohol industry are listed following why this area begs for more attention.

Let's be straight up about the alcohol industry, concludes the editors.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS Medicine is an open-access medical journal, which specifically seeks to publish papers which have relevance across a range of settings and that address the major environmental, social, and political determinants of health, as well as the biological.

Read the full editorial: Let's Be Straight Up about the Alcohol Industry, PLoS Medicine, May 31 2011




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