Many of you are undoubtedly aware of the on-going controversy surrounding the publication on July 23rd in The Lancet of an “open letter” by Manduca et al concerning the situation in Gaza (http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673614610448.pdf).
The publication of this letter violated the most basic principles of medical journalism including fairness and transparency regarding conflict of interest. The Lancet even went so far as to attach an on-line signature page for those wanting to endorse the article.
It is clear to us that Richard Horton, the Editor- in- Chief of The Lancet played a major role in the acceptance and promotion of this article. Mr. Horton is well known for his anti-Israeli views and support of Palestinian causes (http://honestreporting.com/the-lancets-latest-abuse-of-medicine-for-political-ends) and as such should have recused himself from any involvement in the publication of this article. Instead, Mr. Horton, chose to hijack The Lancet for his own political agenda.
Irrespective of one’s views regarding the conflict, all physicians and medical scientists should be concerned with the actions of Mr. Horton in this affair. We believe he has abused his position and tarnished the reputation of The Lancet. We therefore call for his dismissal as Editor-in-Chief.
Attached please find a petition we plan on sending to Elsevier, the publisher of The Lancet, as well as publicizing as needed in the media.
We would be grateful for your support, which can be indicated by completing the following SurveyMonkey (cut and paste): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FQPNW9N; Please include your full title, affiliation, and contact information (if you do not wish to sign the petition simply do not fill out the monkey survey). You can also respond directly to email@example.com. Once we have collected signatures we will forward to Elsevier, the publisher of The Lancet.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, please forward to as many of your colleagues as possible.
Thank you in advance,
Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD
Gregg W. Stone, MD
Martin B. Leon, MD
Ram Yogev, MD
Director, Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection
Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Susan B. DePree Founders’ Board Professor in Pediatric
Northwestern University Feinberg School of medicine
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