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Doctor sues university for breach of academic freedom

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:770

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  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A British psychiatrist has launched a £4m ($6m) lawsuit against Canada's largest university, claiming that it rescinded a job offer because of his outspoken opinions on antidepressants.

    Dr David Healy, who works at the University of Wales at Bangor, says that his lawsuit against the University of Toronto is the first case of a university being sued for breach of academic freedom.

    Dr Healy, aged 47, was offered a professorship at the university in 1999. The post came automatically with the job of clinical director of the mood disorders unit …

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