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The Reproducibility Crisis in Anesthesiology (and elsewhere)

Have you ever tried to replicate a published finding and failed? If you’re just starting out as a researcher, you might be inclined to blame yourself. Just as likely, though, that result you’re aiming to replicate is not true to begin with. Reproducibility issues in science and medicine are nothing new. The most egregious  examples involve outright forgery and capture headlines – in his prime, Jan Hendrik Schön was publishing in Science or Nature about every six weeks, supporting the idea that only huge lies are worth telling. Then, there are those like Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, the eminent South Korean stem cell biologist who mixed in actual feats of stem cell biology with gross ethical and sientific misconduct. In anesthesia & critical care, fraudulent science can have rea...

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