Saturday, June 14, 2003

who is paying the historians

and i always thought that academic debates over history were boring and arcane. not so when historians are used as expert witnesses on both sides of anti-corporate trials.

A scientist financed by, say, the tobacco industry, is expected to declare whose wallet is behind his research. But what about a historian?

The question may seem odd, but it has suddenly become more urgent as medical historians are becoming witnesses in some of the country's most important — and expensive — lawsuits.


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