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Originally published June 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified March 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM

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Seattle Times staff reporters Susan Kelleher and Duff Wilson interviewed more than 140 doctors, patients, medical analysts, regulatory officials...

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Seattle Times staff reporters Susan Kelleher and Duff Wilson interviewed more than 160 doctors, patients, medical analysts, regulatory officials and other experts for "Suddenly Sick."

They traveled to Europe, Canada and around the country, obtaining records and interviews with patients, officials with the World Health Organization, and doctors attending medical conferences.

The series also relied on thousands of pages of medical-journal articles, financial disclosures by researchers, cost-benefit studies by government and industry groups, Securities and Exchange Commission records, transcripts of Food and Drug Administration hearings, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filings, and tax returns filed by not-for-profit foundations with the Internal Revenue Service.

Mike Fancher's column: Series shows more than science involved in defining disease


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Reporters: Susan Kelleher, Duff Wilson
(Duff Wilson reported and wrote this story while working for The Seattle Times. He now reports for The New York Times.)

Photographer: Harley Soltes

Graphics: Aldo Chan, Whitney Stensrud

Web producer: Tracy Cutchlow

Web designer: Carlin Pressnall

Designer: Ted Basladynski

Photo editor: Fred Nelson

Database reporting: Justin Mayo

Research: Gene Balk, Miyoko Wolf, Cheryl Morningstar

Copy editor: Jerry Holloron

Editors: David Boardman, James Neff

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