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German anaesthetist is dismissed because of forged study

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7026 (Published 07 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7026
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

A consultant anaesthetist, Joachim Boldt, has been dismissed by his employer, Klinikum Ludwigshafen, after an independent expert committee established that one of his publications reported the results of a study that had never taken place.

The study, of high dose, balanced hydroxyethyl starch versus an albumin based strategy in cardiopulmonary bypass priming, had been published in the US journal Anesthesia & Analgesia …

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