, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 389-391
Date: 28 Sep 2011

Toward a Sociology of Conflict of Interest in Medical Research

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Call for Responses

The case outlined below provides the basis for the “In That Case” section in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (JBI). We invite interested readers to provide responses to the case for possible publication. Responses should be 500–700 words in length and submitted as soon as possible. The editors will select the responses to be published and reserve the right to edit contributions to avoid repetition. Editorial changes will be cleared with authors before going to press. Responses should be submitted via Editorial Manager.

The Case

Dr. B works in a large surgical department in City Hospital. He observes a growing number of clinical staff who have sustained work-acquired wounds from scalpels and suture needles. To address this issue, he invents the “Cut-Avoiding Technowiz” (CATz) and then establishes the company “CATz-Wise” to market and produce the device. CATz is a moderate success. Dr. B and an education expert devise a research project to test the ...