Rhetoric, Politics, and Trust in Breast Cancer Research
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Scientific Characters was neither a stationary nor a solitary endeavor. Portions of this book unfolded on a boat, in high- altitude hippie caf�s, in downtown Denver coffeehouses, at seaside resorts, by a lake in Quebec, on frequent airplane trips to Chicago and the East Coast, in my yellow campus office and my green study at ...
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
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Introduction: Trust and Character in Datagate
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March 13, 1994, was a disheartening day in the high-stakes world of breast cancer research. The Chicago Tribune broke the news with a front- page headline proclaiming “Fraud in Breast Cancer Study: Doctor Lied on Data for Decade.”1 Before this announcement, only a small cadre of medical researchers and government investigators knew that Dr. Roger Poisson...
1. Scientists under Scrutiny: The Centrality of Character in Science-Based Controversy
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When the Datagate controversy was but two weeks old, breast cancer patients and the broader medical establishment were still reeling from the news of Roger Poisson’s tarnished data when auditors uncovered evidence damaging enough, the whiff of wider...
2. A Beneficent Healer and a Career-Minded Falsifier? Physician Researcher Role Conflict and the Janus-Faced Dr. Roger Poisson
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In the fallout from the public disclosure that he had falsified North America’s landmark breast cancer data, Dr. Roger Poisson became a doctor in disgrace. He was summarily shamed by the medical community, disbarred from federal research funding, and forced from his academic job...
3. The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Scientific Revolutionary: Competing Characterizations of Dr. Bernard Fisher
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On the morning of October 27, 2000, Dr. Bernard Fisher stood before a lectern in lecture rooms 5 and 6 of the University of Pittsburgh’s Scaife Hall. Just moments before, School of Medicine dean Dr. Arthur Levine had lauded Fisher as “one of the most influential scientists of our time.” Pronouncing the occasion a “once in a lifetime experience,” Levine told the...
4. Fighting for a Place at the Table: Women as Consumers, Partners, and Subjects of Science—and the “Dark Knight” Who Tried to “Protect” Them
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On April 13, 1994, the voices of cancer patients and women’s health advocates reverberated through Rayburn Hall as they testified during Congressman Dingell’s hearing on “scientific misconduct in breast cancer ...
5. Recharacterizing Science and Public Life: Trust, Dialogue, and Citizen Engagement
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As I conclude this book, headlines continue to deliver sensational tales of scientists cheating their way to fame and fortune. “Fraud Rocks Anesthesiology Community,” reported Anesthesiology News in March 2009, dramatizing the story of falling star and pain management pioneer Dr. Scott S. Reuben, who stands accused of fabricating data in twenty- one studies published in lead-...
Appendix: Chronology of the Controversy
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Page Count: 236
Publication Year: 2010