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January 13, 1993

Research Fraud in the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences

Author Affiliations

UCLA Los Angeles, Calif

JAMA. 1993;269(2):289-290. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500020125044

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This is a topical book that will take many readers to a new ballpark. David J. Miller, Michel Hersen, and a variety of colleagues provide different perspectives on fraudulent behavior, its causes, and its containment.

The problem or issue of fraud is probably as old as human nature. When it occurs in business, the movie industry, politics, or marriage, we often pay little attention. It gets our attention when it has a novel twist. Thus, every decade or so, fraud is rediscovered in new, seemingly immune disciplines or activities, and our ears perk up. In the 1970s, it was childcare centers, international service organizations, car dealerships, and under-the-table payments. In

"... every decade or so, fraud is rediscovered in new, seemingly immune disciplines..." the 1980s it was junk bonds, presidential tapes, savings and loan companies, steroids in sports, the church, and medicine. The 1990s appear to be headed into another decade