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At various places in various forums we've written about A.I. both seriously and for a laugh.


Recently Steve touched on a spider that collected pages of medical information on the Web and formed them into medical books on various topics. The problem is, of course, that such a method questions the very idea of authenticity. There is a lot of crap (pardon my English) on the Web and without experts to vet the data a medical book could quickly lead to a disaster.


Which brings us to "experts for sale." An article in Daily News Central: Health News (click here) ("Medical Ghostwriting Revelations Touch Off Ethics Debate") points out that not only don't you know who wrote the book but you don't know who wrote the book even when they tell you.


"Much of the research backing up manufacturer Merck's claims about the drug was ghostwritten by writers in Merck's employ and then rubber-stamped by medical professionals who had little or not involvement in the studies but were willing to attach their names as authors nonetheless."

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