www.jpeds.com • THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS IN MEMORIAM e note with sadness the death of Jerry Lucey, a Dr Lucey’s dedication to the highest ethical standards is an friend, mentor, and colleague. His name is famil- enduring legacy. In 1990, he joined the editors of several general W iar to all pediatricians though his life work and con- pediatric journals to express concern about ethical tributions as an outstanding clinician, neonatologist, transgressions—such as the duplication of data in papers sub- investigator, advocate, educator, and editor. mitted to several journals (self-plagiarism) and the practice of Dr Lucey was an internationally renowned neonatologist at dividing a study into several short reports (the “least publish- the University of Vermont College of Medicine since 1956. He able unit”)—in a constructive effort to maintain the quality made numerous contributions to the care of premature infants, of the pediatric literature. In 2009, Dr Lucey and the editors speciﬁcally advances in phototherapy and oxygen monitor- of the major US general pediatric journals met at the annual ing, and the promotion of randomized trials among neona- Pediatric Academic Societies meeting to initiate a workshop tal units. He was the recipient of numerous awards in entitled “Ethics in Publishing”; this on-going workshop remains recognition of his outstanding qualities of scholarship and ad- important and highly relevant today. vocacy on behalf of children. Dr Lucey will be missed by all who have beneﬁted from his In his role as the Editor of Pediatrics, Dr Lucey established contributions—his patients, his students, as well as pediatri- policies and standards that have served to guide us all. His vision cians worldwide. of having Pediatrics embrace the global medical community led to the establishment in that journal of a strong interna- William F. Balistreri,MD tional science and clinical practice presence. Thomas Welch,MD Of speciﬁc note was his commitment to the highest ethical standards in research and publication. This is perhaps best ex- empliﬁed by his response to an article published in Pediatrics References in 1972, which had linked sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and breathing abnormalities. Several children from one family 1. Steinschneider A. Prolonged apnea and sudden infant death syndrome: with apparent SIDS served as the basis for this study; they were clinical and laboratory observations. Pediatrics 1972;50:646-54. 2. Consensus Statement. National Institutes of Health Consensus Develop- later shown to be victims of medical child abuse. The pub- ment Conference on infantile apnea and home monitoring, September 29, lished hypothesis of a genetic predisposition to SIDS, as well 1986–October l, 1986. Pediatrics 1987;79:292-300. as a causal association between SIDS and infantile apnea, led 3. Firstman R, Talen J. The death of innocents. New York (NY): Bantam Books; to the use of home cardiorespiratory monitors to prevent SIDS. This widely cited report triggered not only parental anxiety but 4. Duffy P, Bryan MH. Home apnea monitoring in “near miss” sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and siblings of SIDS victims. Pediatrics 1982;70:69- countess hours of fruitless investigation into the relationship 2-4 between apnea and SIDS. Despite the fact that this article 5. Lucey JF. A very important erratum? — 20 years later. Pediatrics 1994;93: was accepted before Dr Lucey’s tenue as editor, he addressed the issue head on, apologized for the mistake, and stated that 6. Bier DM, Fulginiti VA, Garfunkel JM, Lucey JM, Spranger J, Valman B, et al. the article was ﬂawed and should never have been published. Duplicate publication and related problems. J Pediatr 1990;117:903.
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