Lege Artis Medicinae

[Can we believe scientific reports?]

FENYVESI Tamás

SEPTEMBER 30, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(09)

[Essentially, the editor-in-chief of Chest asks the question in the title (1). The question is justified. Over the past ten years, there have been a striking number of cases of fraud in medical publications. In the mid-1980s, the Darsee and Slutsky case (2) received a lot of publicity. Most recently, the forced resignation of Nobel laureate Baltimore as President of Rockefeller University over a communication by a close colleague falsifying scientific results (3).]

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