The Penalty For Dishonesty Is Often Borne By Others

Angel: People who don’t care about anything will never understand the people who do. Marcus Hamilton: Yeah, but we won’t care.

On the one hand, I am disgusted by people who continue to claim that vaccines cause autism. On the other hand, given stories like this one about Merck trying to bury the impact of Vioxx on heart failure, it’s no wonder that people don’t trust scientists. Because after all, “Merck” is a legal fiction: it was the people working there who decided that the truth was less important than the corporate bottom line. Every time a doctor or scientist acts unethically, they make it harder for those who are being honest to be heard.