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Britain is ahead of US in dealing with misconduct

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:803
  1. Martin (Ted) Hermary, doctoral candidate (
  1. Department of Sociology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2T 3T7

    EDITOR—Christie reports on a consensus statement on research misconduct drawn up at a consensus conference last year. In his report he writes that “The two day conference, held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, heard that Britain is 20 years behind countries such as the United States.”1

    I beg to differ. Decades of American debates about misconduct have not produced anything like a consensus of professional, academic, and governmental representatives, parties who normally have …

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