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Professor Roger Williams: An Apology

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1432

In the 23 November 2002 issue of the BMJ we published an article entitled “Institutional Corruption in Medicine” by Peter Wilmshurst (BMJ 2002;325:1232-1235). The article concerned the falsified research of Dr Anjan Kumar Banerjee, whose registration was suspended by the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Medical Council in November 2000. It has been drawn to our attention by Professor Roger Williams, professor of hepatology at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, that readers may have understood the article to mean that Professor Williams (who was then director of the Liver Unit at King's College Medical School, London) had turned a blind eye to Banerjee's fraudulent research or had been party to a cover-up. We are happy to confirm that it was never our intention to make any such suggestion, which would plainly have been untrue, and to express our sincere apologies to Professor Williams for any distress and embarrassment that he has been caused.

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