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UK psychiatrist suspended for plagiarism

One of Great Britain's most media savvy psychiatrists, who confessed to linkurl:plagiarizing;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54641/ other authors in articles he wrote in newspapers and medical journals, has been suspended from practicing psychiatry for three months. The UK's linkurl:General Medical Council;http://www.gmc-uk.org/ (GMC) suspended linkurl:Raj Persaud,;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7457091.stm a frequent commentator on British television and linkurl:radio shows,;http:

By | June 23, 2008

One of Great Britain's most media savvy psychiatrists, who confessed to linkurl:plagiarizing;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54641/ other authors in articles he wrote in newspapers and medical journals, has been suspended from practicing psychiatry for three months. The UK's linkurl:General Medical Council;http://www.gmc-uk.org/ (GMC) suspended linkurl:Raj Persaud,;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7457091.stm a frequent commentator on British television and linkurl:radio shows,;http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/allinthemind.shtml after he admitted, to a GMC disciplinary panel, lifting words from other authors without proper attribution in 2004 and 2005. Persaud denied purposeful dishonesty. "At the time, given the stress I was under, given the deadlines and my other work, I thought I was adequately attributing work," Persaud told the panel. The GMC panel found that Persaud was guilty of plagiarism in a total of five articles, two of which he wrote for the __British Medical Journal__. linkurl:According;http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7658/1394-c?etoc to the __BMJ__, the first was an August 2005 linkurl:review;http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/331/7512/356 of a linkurl:book;http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Shocked-World-Stanley/dp/0738203998 by University of Maryland social psychologist linkurl:Thomas Blass;http://www.stanleymilgram.com/blass/ that the __BMJ__ later linkurl:retracted,;http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/331/7512/356/DC1 and the other was rejected by the journal in December 2005 after Persaud had already been accused of plagiarism. Persaud wrote another article containing plagiarized passages in the February 2005 issue of __Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry__. That article was retracted when Blass linkurl:accused;http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2005/nov/07/highereducation.research Persaud of copying his work. The GMC began investigating Persaud when he ran afoul of The Church of Scientology, which holds that the entire field of psychology is fraudulent. A 2005 Independent article in which Persaud criticized Scientology's founder, L Ron Hubbard, was found to contain plagiarized passages. After the article was published, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which was founded by The Church of Scientology, brought a formal complaint to the GMC. The panel also determined that Persaud committed plagiarism in his 2003 book linkurl:__From the Edge of the Couch__.;http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edge-Couch-Raj-Persaud/dp/0553813463 While being investigated by the GMC panel, Persaud has continued to publish articles in both popular and scientific media, including a linkurl:story;http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/mg18725101.400-deception-special-the-truth-about-lies.html on researchers studying humans' ability to detect deception in the __New Scientist__, entitled "The truth about lies." In a statement from the linkurl:Medical Protection Society;http://www.medicalprotection.org/uk issued on Persaud's behalf, the psychiatrist said: "I am saddened by the findings and decision of the GMC... As I said during the Hearing, I accept that my use of the work of some authors lacked adequate acknowledgement. I have apologised repeatedly for this during the hearing, and I apologise for this now. I am saddened that this occurred while I was seeking to promote the work of academics to the wider public."
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anonymous poster

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June 24, 2008

There appear to be parallels with this case in the USA, involving an unethical ethicist.\n\nhttp://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=glenn-mcgee
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anonymous poster

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June 26, 2008

It is not quite clear from the media coverage whether he simply forgot to cite references appropriately or whether he really intended to pass off other people's work as his own. \n\nWhat is really sad about this case that this is a signficant victory for scientology, an institution that has a longstanding problem with psychiatry and science and is willing to do anything to justify its ends. The real danger here is that scientology might have found a way of shaming and blaming scientists to intimidate the whole scientific community.
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Press Pass

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August 30, 2008

The previous comment is clearly libelous. There are no parallels between the two stories. No plagiarism is ever asserted nor has been asserted against the U.S. professor. This comment is a plant to get the link into the comments of The Scientist so that the Scientific American story would receive a higher Google score. This post should be removed as abusive and libelous.
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Press Pass

Posts: 16

August 30, 2008

not the most recent post. Apologies.

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