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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

Hey, Doc, How Much Longer Am I Going to Live?

The question in the title is one that patients commonly express these days. This certainly is a change in outlook compared with attitudes present when I was a resident more than 40 years ago. At that distant time, patients and family were often fearful of asking this question because they expected the stereotypical response, “You […]

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Delivering Healthcare in an Environment of Poverty and Exclusion: A Lesson From the Base of the Pyramid

A lack of sustainability and exclusion seem to be 2 of the main problems in healthcare faced by today’s society, and these are expected to worsen in the generation to come. A recent document published by the World Economic Forum(1) involving a broad vision looks for new models in healthcare, because we have learned that […]

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New Research in AJM: ‘Guns Do Not Make a Nation Safer’

With each massacre of innocent citizens, the demand for action on gun control by the US Congress intensifies. After the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012,  it appeared as if the national outrage over the massacre of 20 children and 6 school staff would finally push the Congress into action, but sadly, […]

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Catching the Cheats

Why on earth is the Green Journal publishing an article on covert duplicate publication in China?(1) Why does it occur? Who is to blame? And in the jargon of journal editors, is this experience “generalizable”? Finally, and to the point here, what should be done? In China, inducements to publish are colossal, especially for publications […]

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Ghostwriting & Misconduct

Ghostwriting: Research Misconduct, Plagiarism, or Fool’s Gold? Traditionally, personal integrity and professional accountability have guaranteed appropriate authorship of biomedical journal articles. However, recent controversies, including exposés of ghostwriting and guest authorship, have shown the fallibility of this trust. Ghostwriting, the practice whereby individuals make significant contributions to writing a manuscript but are not named as […]

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