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Scientists In Furious Row Over ME Study

Thursday 3 August 2017


From the UK's iNews:


Professor George Davey Smith
Professor George Davey Smith quit the Journal of
Health Psychology
before the special edition on the
Pace trial was published. (Photo: BBC)

‘You’re a disgusting old fart neoliberal hypocrite’ – scientists in furious row over ME study

By Paul Gallagher
Tuesday August 1st 2017

A furious row has erupted between scientists after a medical journal dedicated its entire August edition to ripping apart a “deeply flawed” £5m taxpayer-funded study investigating treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

The dispute led to three editors at the Journal of Health Psychology (JHP), who are all scientists, resigning. Professor George Davey Smith resigned before this month’s issue of the journal, which criticised the “extraordinary sum” of the study, was published. It is unsure how long the clinical epidemiologist, based at Bristol University, had been on the board for before leaving his post.

He said the journal displayed “unacceptable one-sidedness”, but an upset co-editor of the journal hit back. James Coyne told Professor Davey Smith to “f*** off” for his “attempted bullying”, leaked emails obtained by The Times show.

Professor Coyne also called him a “disgusting old fart neoliberal hypocrite” – despite once considering him a “hero” and referring to Professor Davey Smith as a “Trotskyite” in his younger days.

The unsavoury affair concerns a landmark study called the Pace trial, published in The Lancet in 2011. It claimed that the 17 million people worldwide – 250,000 of whom are in the UK – suffering from CFS could improve their condition with simple lifestyle changes.


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