Destroying the life and career of a valued physician-scientist who tried to protect us from plague: Was it really necessary?

Barbara E. Murray, Karl E. Anderson, Keith Arnold, John G. Bartlett, Charles C. Carpenter, Stanley Falkow, J. Ted Hartman, Tom Lehman, Ted W. Reid, Frank M. Ryburn, R. Bradley Sack, Marc J. Struelens, Lowell S. Young, William B. Greenough

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Abstract

Thomas Campbell Butler, at 63 years of age, is completing the first year of a 2-year sentence in federal prison, following an investigation and trial that was initiated after he voluntarily reported that he believed vials containing Yersinia pestis were missing from his laboratory at Texas Tech University. We take this opportunity to remind the infectious diseases community of the plight of our esteemed colleague, whose career and family have, as a result of his efforts to protect us from infection by this organism, paid a price from which they will never recover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1644-1648
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Murray, B. E., Anderson, K. E., Arnold, K., Bartlett, J. G., Carpenter, C. C., Falkow, S., Hartman, J. T., Lehman, T., Reid, T. W., Ryburn, F. M., Sack, R. B., Struelens, M. J., Young, L. S., & Greenough, W. B. (2005). Destroying the life and career of a valued physician-scientist who tried to protect us from plague: Was it really necessary? Clinical Infectious Diseases, 40(11), 1644-1648. https://doi.org/10.1086/431348