Conflicts of interest: ubiquitous, unrelenting, and forever challenging

  • Howard Bauchner
    Corresponding author: Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine, 4 Morrison Court, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA. Tel.: +1-312-286-6688.
    Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
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