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“Hyped” papers by disgraced Karolinska surgeon should be retracted, says ethics board

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5060 (Published 01 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5060
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Sweden’s top ethical review board has called for six papers published by the disgraced surgeon Paolo Macchiarini to be retracted.

They include a key 2011 paper published in the Lancet in which Macchiarini and colleagues claimed success in transplanting an artificial trachea seeded with the patient’s own cells into a 36 year old man.1 The operation took place at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.

Since doubts first emerged about Macchiarini’s work, a series of reviews has been carried out.23 At first the Karolinska Institute, which employed him, declined to accept that there was evidence of misconduct but was …

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