Sunday, July 08, 2007

BLOGSCAN - The Tenth Anniversary of the Case of Dr David Kern

On the Scientific Misconduct Blog, Dr Aubrey Blumsohn continues to mark the tenth anniversary of the "Dr David Kern affair," one of the most important cases of attempted suppression of research of the late twentieth century. We only posted a bit about this case, for example, here, partly because I am still a Brown University faculty member, albeit a voluntary one, and have never completely lost hope that the Brown University administration will someday see fit to revisit this case. After all, the University mission statement once included, "discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry." But that may simply demonstrate that even after seeing Dr Kern, who was formerly my direct supervisor, lose his job because he dared to present a case report of a new disease that offended the company at whose plants the disease was occurring, and after blogging on Health Care Renewal for several years, I am still hopelessly naive. Maybe Dr Blumsohn's recognition of the anniversary of this important case will get it the attention it deserves.

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