Feature Interview

Aubrey Blumsohn: Academic who took on industry

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5293 (Published 15 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5293

Re: Is there no place for integrity in academic medicine?

Jay Llangaratne states that John Stone's comment "Dr Aubrey Blumsohn, has long since ceased to work: unemployable for that very reason"is not compatible with the facts based on two quotes taken from the article. However I think Jay's opinion is open to question.

Firstly, whilst working two days a week on fixed term contracts is not technically unemployed, it is hardly full employment. I'm sure anyone rewarded with an equivalent demotion for highlighting significant errors in published research would feel it a poor reward.

Secondly, Jay seems to have wrongly attributed the quote relating to "thirty years of osteoporosis research..." to Aubrey when in fact it is a quote from Richard Eastell, who it seems remains in his full time post.

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11 January 2010
Gareth Penman
Clinical Fellow
University of Sheffield, S10 2TN