Bogus study by Army Doctor

I am amazed when doctor-researchers make up information.  Here is a story of a former army doctor who while a surgeon at Walter Reed Hospital made up data to peddle a product for Medtronic.  Now he is an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

I recommend you read the whole story.  Here is a link and an excerpt from the story in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/business/13surgeon.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

“A former surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who is a paid consultant for a medical company, published a study that made false claims and overstated the benefits of the company’s product in treating soldiers severely injured in Iraq, the hospital’s commander said Tuesday.

An investigation by Walter Reed found that the study cited higher numbers of patients and injuries than the hospital could account for, said the commander, Col. Norvell V. Coots.

“It’s like a ghost population that were reported in the article as having been treated that we have no record of ever having existed,” Colonel Coots said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “So this really was all falsified information.”

The former Army surgeon, Dr. Timothy R. Kuklo, reported that a bone-growth product sold by Medtronic Inc. had much higher success in healing the shattered legs of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed than other doctors there had experienced, according to Colonel Coots and a summary of an Army investigation of the matter.”…

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