July 12, 1976

The Patchwork Mouse

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri Medical Center Columbia


by Joseph Hixson, 228 pp, $7.95, New York, Anchor Press, 1976.

JAMA. 1976;236(2):205. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270020071037

Over two years ago, selected New York science writers were summoned to a big story concerning the new director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr Robert Good, whose protege had falsified some highly touted research concerning graft immunology. The protege, William Summerlin, was suspended during a review of his case and then dismissed with a year's salary paid. Throughout the affair, center stage was accorded to Dr Good who, an innovative Minnesotan, was coming into the highly political New York research community and the desirable directorship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Readers may be disappointed that this book does not set forth new key issues from this brief, awkward incident after two years of study; validate some conclusion about biomedical ethics; or suggest some elegant way to prevent such falsifications of research data. The analysis is thorough, concerning only the small scandal at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Hixson explores the differences between a single,