Hospital General de México Secretaria de Salud, México City, México
Correspondence to: Raúl Cicero, MD, FCCP, ApDo. Postal 7933 Mexico 06702 DF Mexico
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:
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.
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
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
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
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