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Journal agrees to retract paper after university found study was never done

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5500
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The University of Queensland has asked the European Journal of Neurology to retract a research paper after finding no evidence that the study described was ever carried out.

The lead author of the paper, which was published online in October 2011, is Bruce Murdoch, the founding head of the university’s Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders and former head of the university’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

The paper described a technique, transcranial magnetic stimulation, which the authors claimed would help patients with Parkinson’s disease regain some of their ability to speak. Presenting the findings …

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