Altman, Lawrence K. "Eminent Harvard Professor Quits Over Plagiarism, University Says,"
New York Times, 29 November 1988, pp. 1, A22.
Professor Shervert Frazier, former director of NIMH (1984-1986) and former President of the
American College of Psychiatrists, has resigned as Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard and head
of McLean Hospital. This very unusual resignation came after he was investigated by a panel
appointed to look into suspicions of plagiary of papers published in the period 1966-1975. The
plagiary was confirmed and Frazier did not dispute the findings of the faculty committee.
The plagiary was spotted by a graduate student at Rochester, Paul Scatina, who was doing some
work on phantom pain, a topic on which Frazier had published. Scatina recognized the copying
and sent the papers involved to the Dean of Harvard Medical, Daniel C. Tosteson. That was in
Frazier's resignation was announced in a letter sent to the faculty by Tosteson, 23 November
It is also noted here that Harvard has been hit by other cases of misbehavior, and mention is
specifically made of Darsee and Tseng. The latter, in a relatively new case, is accused of
violating Harvard's "conflict of interest" rules in promoting a drug (and a company) in which he
had a financial interest.