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Raúl Cicero, MD, FCCP
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Hospital General de México Secretaria de Salud, México City, México

Correspondence to: Raúl Cicero, MD, FCCP, ApDo. Postal 7933 Mexico 06702 DF Mexico



Chest. 1999;116(2):585. doi:10.1378/chest.116.2.585
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To the Editor:

The critical review on the biomedical investigation in developing countries by Selman et al (August 1998)1 suggests some comments on the subject:

  1. What do the authors mean by “high-level research?” It may be thought that only the work comparable with the research done in developing countries could receive this nomination.

  2. In spite of the complaints expressed in this paper, it is important to remark that the Mexican government provides, although scarce, almost the totality of funds for the scientific research in our country.

  3. The investigators also have some problems because evaluations of their work are continuous, and they have a heavy burden of bureaucratic requisites and stressful requests, which involve a lot of time-consuming writing and sending of the concerning information.

  4. Another difficult circumstance is the isolation of groups of investigators that remain in their “ivory castles,” without any contact and solidarity with their colleagues to put pressure on the government to increase the economical support for research programs, which is an important way to obtain more resources for a continuous scientific development.

In conclusion, the article of Selman and colleagues1 contains various points of view that must be taken into account by the authorities involved in biomedical investigations.

References

Selman, M, Perez-Padilla, R, Pardo, A (1998) Problems encountered in high-level research in developing countries.Chest114,610-613. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 

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Selman, M, Perez-Padilla, R, Pardo, A (1998) Problems encountered in high-level research in developing countries.Chest114,610-613. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
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