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Researcher didn’t get ethical approval for 68 studies, investigators say

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d833
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Joachim Boldt, a German anaesthetist who published widely, failed to obtain ethical approval for much of his research, show the preliminary results of an investigation by the medical association of the Rheinland-Palatinate.

The findings were given in a joint statement on 4 February by the editors in chief of 11 major journals that carried Professor Boldt’s work, published on the website of each journal.

One of the journals is Anesthesia and Analgesia, which in October 2010 retracted an article by him that compared the use of a high dose balanced hydroxyethyl starch preparation with an albumin based regimen as a priming solution for cardiopulmonary bypass (BMJ 2010;341:c7026, …

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