Japanese Doctor Fabricated 172 Science Papers
investigation by a panel set up by the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists
have discovered that a particularly productive doctor named Yoshitaka
Fujii has been faking a whopping 172 papers over the past 19 years:
Fujii’s findings have been under a cloud since 8 March when an
in the journal Anaesthesia raised questions about his data. On 9 April,
23 journal editors publicly asked
seven Japanese institutions named in the papers to investigate. The
anesthesiology society took on the task because "it would have
been difficult for any one institution to clarify what happened,"
says Koji Sumikawa, an anesthesiologist at Nagasaki University who headed
The panel focused on 212 of 249 known Fujii papers. It tried to
review the raw data, laboratory notebooks, and records on the patients
or animal subjects involved. Committee members also interviewed relevant
Among the 172 papers judged bogus, the report claims that 126 studies
of randomized, double-blind, controlled trials "were totally fabricated."
The committee identified only three valid papers. For another 37 papers,
the panel could not conclusively determine if there had been fabrication.
That beat the record for faked scientific papers, previously set by Joachim
Boldt (curiously, another anesthesiologist) who fabricated 90.