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(US) This Researcher Exploited Prisoners, Children, and the Elderly. Why Does Penn Honor Him? – The Chronicle of Higher Education (Alexander Kafka, | November 2019)

 


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Albert M. Kligman was a larger-than-life dermatologist and entrepreneur instrumental in inventions that brought riches to him and his university. He also performed torturous experiments.

Over the last 12 years we have shared a few pieces about egregious ethical breaches, but we aren’t sure what stunned us most, what was done to those vulnerable Americans or that the track record of the lead researcher is still being celebrated.

“An outstanding clinician, researcher, and educator.” “A visionary leader” who led “an extraordinary life.” That’s how the University of Pennsylvania describes Albert M. Kligman on a fund-raising page for a lectureship in his name. He is also honored by not one but two chaired professorships.
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What the university calls his “pioneering work with Retin-A” was estimated by a student turned critic of Kligman, Bernard Ackerman, as generating in the “many tens of millions.” Kligman himself once described to a television interviewer the sales of the acne medicine as an “explosion …a very considerable sum of money that comes to our department in the form of royalties. We are swimming in cash.”
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