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[Correspondence] Academic apartheid in Italy

Favouritism and elitism have been common features of any competitive environment, including academic medicine, for a long time, but interest the media in only a minority of cases. However, their burden could become staggering as witnessed in historical and current Italian academia. To my, possibly naive, eyes and the eyes of numerous disenchanted colleagues, the present Università is run by a few very senior academics who foster a power system based on a frequent disregard of widely accepted values of merit.