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Letter to the Editor

Editor, – I wonder how many other people share my obsession about checking declarations of conflicts of interest before they read any letter or article?

I note many well-credentialled academics seem very committed to evidence-based medicine when presenting their arguments. For me, all this effort becomes completely neutralised when I realise that they have received sponsorship associated with the very products they are arguing for. Unfortunately, my bias is so compelling that I cannot take their well presented discussion seriously. How many other people suffer from this problem?

Chris Commens
Pennant Hills, NSW