Science and the Media

Delgado's Brave Bulls and the Ethics of Scientific Disclosure


  • Peter Snyder, Lifespan Hospital System & Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
  • Linda Mayes, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Dennis Spencer, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA Chair

Of great utility for every scientist faced with publicizing their discoveries via the media, this book addresses questions of responsibility for the balance and accuracy of scientific reporting, and attempts to be a guide for the scientist in their quest to inform the general public about their research in honest, truthful, and still interesting ways. Case studies by leading scholars in the fields of bioethics (pharmaceutical research (Declan Doogan, Senior VP Pfizer), medical journal editing (Jerome Kassirer, former editor of NEJM), science journalism, philosophy of science, history of medicine (John Warner, chair history of medicine Yale), public health (Ruth Katz, Dean public health, George Washington University), and philosophy of religion (Reverend Wesley Carr, former Dean of Westminster) illustrate positions and points of view and offer unique perspectives on the complex dance between science and the media.
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practicing scientists of all disciplines; scientific journalists; text for use in graduate level courses on medical and research ethics; text for use in professional schools of journalism and communication; also be of interest to historians of science, members of institutional review boards, and to graduate and medical students across a wide range of fields of study.


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373679-6

Table of Contents

1 Snyder, Mayes: Introduction: The Ethics of Scientific Disclosure2 John Warner, History of Medicine, Yale: Medicine, Media and the Dramaturgy of Biomedical Research: Historical Perspectives3 Snyder: Delgado's Brave Bulls: The Marketing of a Seductive Idea and a Lesson for Contemporary Biomedical Science4 Dennis Spencer, Neurosurgery, Yale: Adrenal Transplantation for Parkinson's Disease5 Peter Fonagy, University College London: The Use of SSRIs in the Treatment of Childhood Depression: A Scientific Dialectic6 David Smith, Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project, Aaron Klink, Duke University School of Divinity, and Julius Landwirth, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale: Media Coverage of Stem Cell Research7 Jerome Kassirer, Tufts: Medicine's Obsession with Disclosure of Financial Conflicts: Fixing the Wrong Problem8 Declan Doogan, Pfizer: In Support of Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research9 The Very Reverenc Wesley Carr, Romsey, UK: Prevailing Truth: The Interface Between Religion and Science10 Patricia Shipman, Dept Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University: Science Meets Fundamentalist Religion11 Ruth Katz, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University: Uneasy Alliance: The Intersection of Government Science, Politics and Policymaking12 Robert Levine, Yale Center for Bioethics: On The Relations Between Scientists and Journalist: Reflections by an Ethicist13 Laura Spinnney, Science Journalist, London: Don't Shoot the Messenger14 Harry McConnell, Ashley Pardy, Australia: Future Trends in Medical Research Publishing15 Peter Snyder, Linda Mayes, Dennis Spencer: Conclusion: The Ethics of Scientific Disclosure