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Steve Yentis

Steve Yentis: Infamous names in anaesthesia—part three

27 Sep, 12 | by BMJ

My short list of infamous anaesthetists [read part one and part two of this blog series] has developed into a musing about research misconduct—and particularly fraud—in general, prompted by the Fujii case, with up to perhaps 200 retractions on their way.

Here, I’m pondering the cost of research fraud: who loses, and who loses more (for nobody really wins, in the end). Some of these themes have been raised by Peter Kranke in a recent editorial in Anaesthesia, in which he reflects on the ten years since he and his colleagues first raised suspicions about Fujii’s work in a beautifully understated letter entitled: “Reported data on granisetron and postoperative nausea and vomiting by Fujii et al. are incredibly nice!” (the italics unfortunately lost in modern e-versions of the reference. It was nice (or even, nice) to be able to offer Peter the opportunity to achieve “closure” in an editorial, a decade later). more…

Steve Yentis: Infamous names in anaesthesia—part two

21 Aug, 12 | by BMJ

My list of anaesthetists who are famous for the wrong reasons currently has two categories and four entries.

The first category, “Anaesthetists convicted of killing Michael Jackson,” would have just one entry and is something of a misnomer, since Conrad Murray wasn’t actually an anaesthetist, though the anaesthetic propofol was very much involved.

The second category, “Anaesthetists who have broken records for research misconduct,” contains the other three: Scott Reuben (22 retractions), Joachim Boldt (89 retractions), and Yoshitaka Fujii (pushing 200 possible retractions). more…

Steve Yentis: Infamous names in anaesthesia—part one

24 Jul, 12 | by BMJ

Roger Maltby’s book Notable Names in Anaesthesia contains fascinating biographies of some of the great and the good whose names are familiar to anaesthetists everywhere, such as Magill and Macintosh. Since it was written, a new category of notable names has appeared: those anaesthetists who are famous for the wrong reasons. I’d like to suggest the title: Infamous Names in Anaesthesia.

Currently it would have four entries: one is so famous he’s known all over the world, although not as extensively as the popstar he was convicted of killing. (Though not actually an anaesthetist, Conrad Murray’s conviction was related to the use of the anaesthetic propofol). more…

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