Obstetrician suspended after research inquiryBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1459 (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1459
- Claudia Court,
- Luisa Dillner
A consultant obstetrician has been suspended from duty at St George's Hospital in south London after an inquiry into the scientific validity of two research papers. The consultant in question, Mr Malcolm Pearce, was the first author of the papers, both published in August in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has also been suspended from his honorary senior lectureship at St George's Hospital Medical School.
The two papers are a case report entitled “Term delivery after intrauterine relocation of an ectopic pregnancy” and a paper entitled “Randomised controlled trial of the use of human chorionic gonadotrophin in recurrent miscarriage associated with polycystic ovaries.”
The case report, concerning a 29 year old African woman who had previously had two ectopic pregnancies, described a procedure whereby the fetus in her third ectopic pregnancy was removed and replaced in her …