A former peer reviewer for the Annals of Internal Medicine has admitted to taking a paper rejected from that journal, changing the author names and title, and publishing it as his own in another journal.  The true author of the study, Michael Dansinger, MD, from Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, published an open letter to the plagiarist in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The reviewer, Carmine Finelli, MD, PhD, from the Stella Maris Mediterraneum Foundation, Chiaromonte, Potenza, Italy, does not dispute the facts, according to both Dr. Dansinger, and Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Annals editor-in-chief, who wrote an editorial published online alongside Dr Dansinger’s letter.

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