The changing face of scientific misconduct

Bevan, David
June 2004
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Jun2004, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p117
Academic Journal
In the 1980s and early 1990s, the medical literature and national newspapers seemed daily to report more ingenious and nefarious cases of fraud committed by medical researchers. Manuscripts were retracted from prestigious journals, research funds were returned and the laboratory was put on probation. In Australia, Michael Briggs, Foundation Dean of Medicine at Deakin University, was exposed in the "Sunday Times" for providing data from hormonal assays that were never performed. He retired to Spain and died at the age of 51. In England, Malcolm Pearce described the reimplantation of an ectopic pregnancy progressing to term. One of his coauthors, the department chair, journal editor and president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, was forced to relinquish all these positions.


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