The Jayson Blair of biomedical research, exposed
A leading proponent of non-narcotic analgesics has confessed to fabricating 21 journal articles since 1996:
In what may be among the longest-running and widest-ranging cases of academic fraud, one of the most prolific researchers in anesthesiology has admitted that he fabricated much of the data underlying his research, said a spokeswoman for the hospital where he works.
The reliability of dozens more articles he wrote is uncertain, and the common practice — supported by his studies — of giving patients aspirinlike drugs and neuropathic pain medicines after surgery instead of narcotics is now being questioned. [NYT]
Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Reuben's research was underwritten by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, according to the story.