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Dutch neurologist found guilty of fraud after falsifying 438 case records

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:734
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    A Dutch court has found a former neurologist guilty of serious scientific fraud after he falsified reports for medical research and concealed earnings from the tax authorities.

    Between 1989 and 1993 Dr H J Gelmers made 438 false case record forms as part of the second European stroke prevention study for the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The study was investigating whether dipyridamol reduced the chances of patients having a second stroke.

    Reports showed falsely that patients had participated. Patient visits and research were reported that had not taken place. None of the patients later interviewed by investigators was informed of …

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