Boffey, Philip M. "U.S. Study Finds Fraud in Top Researcher's Work on Mentally Retarded,"

 

Boffey, Philip M. "U.S. Study Finds Fraud in Top Researcher's Work on Mentally Retarded,"
New York Times, 24 May 1987, p. 16.

The Committee the NIMH appointed two years ago to look into the case of Stephen E. Breuning
has finally made its report public. Drafts of this report have been reported on elsewhere in this
file as "leaks" of the substance of the report. They have been reported by Greenfield and in
Science. Breuning had promised a response to the initial report which would clear him of any
wrongdoing. However, his response is attached to this report as an addendum, and seems not to
have changed the substantial conclusion: Breuning cheated and has been cheating for years.

There were five senior mental health scientists appointed by the Institute as investigators. The
five have reached a unanimous conclusion. Breuning is found guilty of dishonesty. He has
misreported data which have endangered the retarded throughout the U.S.

Breuning still contests the conclusion. He claims that not enough attention has been paid to his
reply to the charges. He is now reported to be looking for methods of obtaining legal redress.