The hallowed halls and reputation of the institution is … no, SHOULD be taking a hit of late. From guest professors, to admissions lawsuits, to continued cases of predictable medical fraud. What is going on?
It’s nothing new. It appears to just be another “norm” being shattered, another expectation of excellence being chipped away piece by piece. It’s depressing and unconscionable.
This week it became public that once again, their cardiology lab faced yet another instance of fraud. A widely lauded cardiologist doing research was found to have fabricated his results. His researched was not verified, his studies not checked, his co-authors not involved.
Put aside the defenses that suggest they couldn’t possibly know the intricacies of the work the “genius” did, because that excuse didn’t work for them in the past. In the 1980s they faced a near EXACT scandal (cardiac cancer then vs. cardiac stem cells now), and have once again, demonstrated that they have done nothing to prevent this, instead focusing on the pharmaceutical funding and the prestige.
Let’s face it, you likely didn’t hear about this latest instance of fraud, nor the previous ones (there have been multiple over the years!), but they certainly reaped the financial benefits that “a little bad press” doesn’t hurt too much.
But it does hurt. It hurts all of us.
Instances of medical research fraud directly affect each and every individual on the face of this earth. Aside from the potential harm done to patients, it chips away at the confidence and validity of ALL medical research. It’s why we have anti-vaxxers and outbreaks of measles and now polio-like illnesses. It’s why we have grown, educated adults claiming climate change isn’t real.
Every instance of scientific fraud is a crime against humanity, a crime against ethics, a crime against decency.
The individuals involved will be fine. Sure, their careers may take longer to get into the million-dollar salary ranges (and may involve cheating others out of stock to get what they feel they deserve), but in the end, they’re fine, even successful, as a direct result of their cheating, lying. But in the end, their behavior contributes to the demise of others, including the planet.