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Another retraction for former record holder Joachim Boldt

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bjaWith all the fuss about Yoshitaka Fujii, the current record holder for most retractions, you can be forgiven for forgetting that Joachim Boldt once owned that title, at least for about a year.

Well, Boldt has another retraction, although he’d need to double his tally (which is in the range of 90) to match Fujii’s “impressive” haul.

The new paper is, well, old, having been published in 1996, some 14 years before Boldt’s tribulations began. The article was titled “Influence of different volume therapy regimens on regulators of the circulation in the critically ill.” It appeared in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, and has been cited 45 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

According to the notice:

The article below is being retracted following an investigation by the Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen of the work done by Joachim Boldt during his time there, as there is significant doubt regarding the veracity of this publication.

What’s interesting here is that the work occurred at Justus-Liebig, not the Klinikum Ludwigshafen, where Boldt practiced when the scandal broke. We think — although we’re not sure — that this is the earliest paper of his to be retracted.

For those interested in the fallout from Boldt’s misconduct, here’s an article on what it has done to meta-analyses in the field (free registration required).

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