Citation: Logdberg L (2011) Being the Ghost in the Machine: A Medical Ghostwriter's Personal View. PLoS Med 8(8 e1001071. doi:ed.1001071 Published: August 9, 2011 Copyright: 2011 Linda Logdberg. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author. In addition, the ethical issues began to tap me on the shoulder: perhaps the most memorable example of this was a contraceptive product that caused severe, unpredictable vaginal bleeding in some women. However, I have two children with ADHD, and I failed to see the benefit of a drug that would wear off right at suppertime, rather than a few hours before or a few hours after. My job was to draft a monograph that would profile the product's benefits, one of which, according to the client, was that although the bleeding could be severe, it was at least something that women could anticipate. In particular, I wanted to ask the physician author their view of the drug's benefits. Attempts to discuss my misgivings with the meded contact met with the curt admonition to just write it.
Introduction. Ethical concerns about medical ghostwriting have been directed primarily at guest authors and the pharmaceutical companies that pay them. One voice that is largely missing is that of the ghostwriters themselves who, after all, create the documents that are in the ethical and legal crosshairs.
Ironically, though, it was the ethics of authorship that sent me fleeing academia. I ran afoul of a colleague in my last research position, who assumed that postdocs would draft his grant renewal application. Citation: Logdberg L (2011) Being the Ghost in the Machine: A Medical Ghostwriter's Personal View. PLoS Med 8(8 e1001071. doi:ed.1001071 Published: August 9, 2011 Copyright: 2011 Linda Logdberg. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author. The work itself began to lose its charm. My preferred area of interest was oncology, and the lighter-weight assignments that increasingly came my way were not as interesting. It was hard to muster up much enthusiasm for the importance of treating, say, subclinical hypothyroidismindeed, subclinical anything. The bigger the agency, the more likely it was that my contact person was someone without a science background. In the worst of these settings, I discussed projects only with the program manager and had limitedor noaccess to the author. Why I Stopped Doing It It turned out, there was quite a bit not to like. I'd started in smaller companies headed by PhDs or MD/PhDs who dealt directly with the primary researchers and the pharmaceutical companies. Ghostwriting was a small, but real, part of my duties. I have seen published pieces that are virtually identical to the final drafts I submitted. Regardless of what I wrote, though, for many years I considered my role to be similar to that of a highly paid technician and did not question its ethics. Why I Did It My background may not have been typical for a medical writer, but neither was it uncommon. I enjoyed a research career up to the point where I no longer enjoyed it, which came a few years after receiving my PhD. I also received a direct threat of legal retaliation in a phone call from my former contact at that agency. What I Think Now Wordsmithing is ubiquitous in all promotional writing, not just ghostwriting: it's the name of the game. A slide rose or fell on subtleties: in one slide kit draft in my files, an account executive added Importance of early intervention to a slide titled Chronic Pain. The bullet does not help define chronic pain, but it plants the idea that treatment should be started ASAP in the mind of the listener. This type of essay typically allows you to demonstrate aspects of your character and leadership skills. 2. Show how you have made chronological growth, including steps you will take in the future. Bookbyte Gives You More Cash For Your Used College Textbooks. Remember, all interest rates are tied either directly or indirectly to rates set by the Fed. This is great for the banks that own the Fed. They get to borrow for To receive your report, you must mail in a Consumer Report Request Form, or you can request your free DAC report from HireRight online: px It takes HireRight approximately 15 days to process your request and send you a free copy. All too often, people like me find themselves unemployed or in science-related positions such as teaching that).
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