Friday, April 13, 2018

Physician Accused of Scientific Misconduct and Fraud

A physician's credentials are being called into question but the National Academy of Medicine is finding it difficult to remove him as a member after he was found to have "plagiarized five research papers, fabricated an account of his personal exploits in Iraq, and claimed unearned degrees and awards" ("Doctors Urge Elite Academy to Expel a Member Over Charges of Plagiarism." The New York Times, April 9, 2018). The article discusses the impact of this academic dishonesty on the doctor whose work was misused and the medical textbook editors who didn't check for plagiarism before their book was published.

Discussion Questions:
  1. How would you feel if a colleague of yours said he was the author of your research?
  2. Should doctors be held to the same standard of academic integrity as college students? A higher standard? Why or why not?
  3. Should all books be checked for plagiarism before being published? Why or why not?

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