Dr. Paul Muizelaar, the top neurosurgeon at the University of California – Davis, has stepped down from his position, which he has held since being hired in 1997, pending an investigation into his actions regarding treatment he administered to three terminally ill patients. Together with underling Dr. Rudolph Schrot, Muizelaar used a bacteria on the cancer patients that had the potential to prolong their lives. However, the bacteria used is only authorized to be tested on rats.
Muizelaar has reportedly welcomed the investigation, saying that he did nothing wrong. As far as he was aware the pair had permission from the required source and also had written consent from the three patients. Muizelaar and Schrot said they were not conducting research, but were providing an “innovating” treatment. “I welcome a thorough review so that all the facts can be known,” said Muizelaar in a statement. [Read more...]