In 1951, entomologist Jay Traver published in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington her personal experiences with a mite infestation of her scalp that resisted all treatment and was undetectable to anyone other than herself. Traver is recognized as having suffered from Delusory Parasitosis: her paper shows her to be a textbook case of the condition. The Traver paper is unique in the scientiﬁc literature in that its conclusions may be based on data that was unconsciously fabricated by the author’s mind. The paper may merit retraction on the grounds of error or even scientiﬁc misconduct “by reason of insanity”, but such a retraction raises the issue of discrimination against the mentally ill. Does the scientific community have an obligation to retract such a paper or demand a letter of concern by the editors? In this workshop, participants will discuss what should be done about the Traver paper, and the conclusions of the meeting will be implemented by the workshop author.
|Keywords:||Retraction, Publication, Scientific Misconduct, Delusory Parasitosis, Mental Illness|
Graduate Student, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, Davis, USA