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Study of device to treat severely injured soldiers in Iraq was fake, claims army

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 19 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2026
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

    A top surgeon has been charged by officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with falsifying data from a study about the efficacy of a surgical device used to treat soldiers in Iraq with blast injuries to the tibia.

    He is also charged with forging the signatures of all four of his coauthors in the study (Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2008;90:1068-72).

    The 48 year old surgeon, Timothy Kuklo, claimed a 92% success rate in treating open tibia fractures with the Infuse device, a small cage that contains protein used in the manufacture of new bone. The article, “Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 …

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