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Misconduct panel investigates research of doctor convicted of lacing lover’s drink

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 17 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4906
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Clinical research carried out by an asthma specialist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London is being investigated amid concerns that his “fantasy life” may have spilled over into his work.

    Edward Erin, a consultant respiratory physician at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and a clinical research fellow at the Royal Brompton Hospital, was sentenced to six years in prison at the Old Bailey this week for attempting to abort his pregnant lover’s fetus by lacing her drinks with drugs.

    Judge Richard Hone branded Dr Erin, whose lover, Bella Prowse, and colleagues were unaware he was married, “a liar, a cheat, and a predator.”

    He told the physician, …

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