University of Wisconsin

09 Oct (AGE OF AUTISM) – On Friday, October 5, UK reporter Brian Deer gave his second presentation at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, on “Stiletto Journalism: Busting the Vaccine Scare.” Ostensibly a primer on his coverage of the fallout from the 1998 Lancet MMR case series of Andrew Wakefield et al., in reality the presentation was part vanity schtick (more…)

    Medical journals have long had to wrestle with the possibility that financial bias influences the work they publish, but if the growing controversy over Medtronic’s Infuse spinal product is any indication, they may not be doing enough. (more…)


    12 Sep (CHRONICLE) – In the early 1970s, a group of medical researchers decided to study an unusual question.  How would a medical audience respond to a lecture that was completely devoid of content, yet delivered with authority by a convincing phony?  To find out, the authors hired a distinguished-looking actor and gave him the name Dr. Myron L. Fox.  They fabricated an impressive CV for Dr. Fox and billed him as an expert in mathematics and human behavior. Finally, they provided him with a fake lecture composed largely of impressive-sounding gibberish, and had him deliver the lecture wearing a white coat to three medical audiences under the title “Mathematical Game Theory as Applied to Physician Education.” At the end of the lecture, the audience members filled out a questionnaire. (more…)


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