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Books, Journals, New Media
March 23/30, 2005


JAMA. 2005;293(12):1521-1525. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1524-b

The title of Horace Freeland Judson’s book leads one to expect a work about misconduct in science. The good and bad news is it is about much more.

In his preface, Judson notes that he was motivated to write this book by the allegations of misconduct on the part of Thereza Imanishi-Kari. However, the book is also about misconduct in biomedical science, in other areas of science and academia, in journalism and business, in the Catholic church, in countries other than the United States, and in modern times as well as throughout the history of science. Judson uses those diverse cases of misconduct to highlight the nature and importance of mentoring relationships in science, the history and shortcomings of peer review, the purpose and abuse of authorship, new models for authorship and publication, successes and new possibilities for electronic publication, difficulties and procedures for whistleblowers and institutions in handling allegations of research misconduct, the relationship between scientific experts and the court system, and the need to address the presumably inevitable end to the long-lasting growth in the enterprise of science. This is a great deal to be covered in many books, much less in one.