As a scientist I find this concerning

For my short film “By yellow lights tormented” I researched all archived (monthly) editions of the British Journal of Psychiatry. My research covered 1993 to date (August 2015).

By yellow lights tormented from omphalos on Vimeo.

In my research I found that the archive of the British Journal of Psychiatry was generally free of including contemporaneous adverts or sponsors.

Yet my memory, faulty as it most certainly is, would seem to recall that every monthly edition has included ‘big pharma’ adverts.

One edition of the archive, that of December 1997 [December 1997; Volume 171, Issue 6] includes the sort of adverts that would seem to persist to this day.

A true archive should not be edited. All marketing should be included. Along with that paid to “promote” science.

“Looking back” I feel shocked.

Why did I not see: that the science that matters to [us all] had been so easily brokered by vested interests?

Yet this is happening still TODAY.

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