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German hospital may face prosecution after publishing a research letter

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:530
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    A German university hospital is facing the threat of prosecution for negligent manslaughter after paediatricians from the hospital published a research letter in the Lancet (2000;356:310) reporting details of an outbreak of klebsiella infection in its neonatal intensive care unit.

    The paediatricians and the hospital feel that they are being unjustly treated for their “clinical and scientific honesty” in writing up the case.

    The outbreak at the University Hospital of Giessen lasted for two …

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