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October 19, 1994

Mishandling Misconduct: The NSABP Lumpectomy Trial-Reply

Author Affiliations

Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1994;272(15):1168. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520150033024

In Reply.  —Dr Lerner is trying to kill the messenger. He alleges, first, that I apologized for the article by Lee-Feldstein et al1 and the Baue2 Editorial. I didn't. I'm proud of both. My Editorial was not meant to be "scientific," just a factual account of the NSABP's failure to be frank.Second, that I have no expertise in breast cancer. I agree, which is precisely the reason why I requested Dr Baue, a surgeon with such expertise, to write his Editorial. Third, that I got my facts from the papers. As the references show, I also got them from the Office of Research Integrity report, Washington news sheets, and NSABP/NCI press releases, as well as from my calls to the NCI. But we were all forced to glean the main facts of the case from the newspapers. Why? Because the NSABP has chosen not to publish their

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