suppression of information

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The situation in which important and relevant facts and conclusions that are in the public interest to be disclosed are concealed or withheld from the public domain. Important scientific advances are normally communicated as soon as possible to the scientific community, but there are exceptions, as during World War II, when medical discoveries, such as effective ways to treat wound infections and malaria, were military secrets. As of the late 20th century, pharmaceutical manufacturers and the scientists who work for them are sometimes secretive about the compounds they are studying, and government biomedical scientists also may be obliged to suppress their results, usually in the interest of national security.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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