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Questionable ethics--whistle-blowing or tale-telling?
  1. T Chambers
  1. Richard Bright Renal Unit, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

    Abstract

    Renal biopsy is a potentially hazardous procedure, generally performed for therapeutic reasons. An open renal biopsy was performed when there appeared to be no accepted clinical indication and its results published in a specialty journal, whose editors declined publication of subsequent correspondence, questioning the ethical propriety of such a procedure. The implications for clinical practice, authors, editors and readers are discussed.

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