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April 1996

The Crime of Saving Lives: The FDA, John Najarian, and Minnesota ALG-Reply

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University of Minnesota Minneapolis

Arch Surg. 1996;131(4):451-452. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430160109025

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How curious that the Scholarly Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota should accuse me of misrepresenting the actions of the Academic Misconduct Panel, convened for the purpose of finding Dr John Najarian guilty of academic misconduct. If the faculty panel felt they had been wronged by my article, "The Crime of Saving Lives," why did not the panel members themselves write to defend their actions?

The board does not say in what the alleged misrepresentation might consist. Instead they deal primarily with the process of appointing the panel, a matter not mentioned in my article or in the panel's report. Nevertheless, in doing so they reveal what was so wrong with the university's Academic Misconduct Panel's activities.

... the panel is expected to consider the specific charges within the general context of misconduct as defined by the University in its written codes. This invariably challenges each panel to refine

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