Great Moments in Medical Peer Review at The Lancet

January 11, 2011 17:01 by

Investigative journalist Brian Deer exposed a big fraud at The Lancet. It turns out that a 1998 article linking autism to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine — already debunked — was actually based on fraudulent research.

We’re talking about discrepancies, irregularities, even falsified data which, till now, were never questioned.

So much for peer review.

Reminds me of The Lancet’s special issue devoted to the so-called “best peer reviewed abstracts” from a meeting of the 2nd Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance Conference last July.

Shouldn’t material submitted by Palestinian and left-wing medical professionals known for their animus towards Israel also be more rigorously scrutinized by The Lancet?

Lancet, heal thyself . . .

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