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January 13, 1984

Fraud in Medical Research

Author Affiliations

Ventura, Calif

JAMA. 1984;251(2):215. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340260023009

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To the Editor.—  Revelations about the fraudulent research of J. R. Darsee, MD, discussed the damage he did to medical science and the taxpayers who paid for his work. There is a need also to mention his apparent misuse of laboratory animals.While society permits researchers to experiment on animals, regulations require that laboratory animals be humanely treated and sacrificed only when scientifically necessary. Dr Darsee seems to have violated these standards in that, since his game was faking results, he had no legitimate need to use animals. His conduct should be further reviewed in light of laws that purport to prevent abuse of animals.As Plutarch noted, although boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs die in earnest.