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Fresh fights roil evidence-based medicine group

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Science  16 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6416, pp. 735
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6416.735

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A messy clash within Cochrane, an international network that promotes evidence-based medicine, is spiraling into what some see as a battle over the organization's character and purpose. Last week, prominent pharma critic Peter Gøtzsche failed in a bid to sever the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, which he led, from the wider international organization. Instead Gøtzsche himself was suspended by the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, which hosts the center. The move triggered protests from within the organization, which expelled Gøtzsche 2 months ago. At stake is not just Gøtzsche or his center, but the extent to which Cochrane can tolerate debate and dissent, observers say.

  • * With reporting by Martin Enserink.