Sample Article Review Paper on The Doctor Behind the Disputed Covid Data

The article titled The Doctor Behind the Disputed Covid Data, published in the New York times on the 27th of July 2020 (Gabler & Rabin, 2020), seeks to give insight into the practice of the once-celebrated vascular surgeon, Dr Sapan Desai, and his two disputed covid 19 research articles done by him in collaboration with other doctors. The research articles pointed to in the New York Times publication are; the research article on the effects of Covid-19 on people with cardiovascular disease titled Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in Covid-19,  whose research was done in collaboration with other scientists and published in the New England Journal of Medicine and its subsequent retraction by the same scientists (Mehra, Desai, Kuy, Henry, & Patel), also published in the same journal. The second article is on the effects of Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19 published on the Lancet Journal of medicine website (Desai, Ruschitzka, Mehra, & Patel, 2020), and its retraction also published on the Lancet website (Mehra, Ruschitzka, & Patel, 2020).

Article Research Presentation

The New York Times articles coverage on the subject is overly simplistic. Moreover, it tends to express the journalists’ point of view on the matter as opposed to expressing research-based scientific findings. The article begins by focusing attention on the one Dr Sapan Desai. It brings his past accomplishments as a medical student in a rather personal way, as opposed to stating them matter-of-factly, to help the reader form an unbiased understanding of the contents of the article. For example, words such as ‘dramatic’ are used in defining the quoted research on the effects of the Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19 paper. The result is, though a factual article, an article riddled with judgmental undertones as opposed to a science-based discussion of the scientific facts of the articles that were referenced in it.

Such articles can be shared with patients for the simple purpose of general knowledge of the goings-on in the medical profession, but not for a proper understanding of the scientific research and findings underpinning them.

The source articles and the article in the popular press are remarkably different in terms of the language used and the oversimplification of the issues by the popular press article. Also, the tone’s of the two articles are remarkably different with the popular press article being rather personal and story-like in contrast to the cited articles which have a scientific, matter-of-factly tone, that doesn’t come out as biased and therefore doesn’t sway the writers understanding one way or the other.

References

Gabler, E., & Rabin, R. C. (2020, July 27). The Doctor Behind the Disputed Covid Data. Retrieved November 04, 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/science/coronavirus-retracted-studies-data.html

Mehra, M. R., Desai, S. S., Kuy, S., Henry, T. D., & Patel, A. N. (2020). Cardiovascular disease, drug therapy, and mortality in COVID-19. New England Journal of Medicine. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2007621

Mehra, M. R., Desai, S. S., Kuy, S., Henry, T. D., & Patel, A. N. Retraction: Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in Covid-19. N Engl J Med. The New England Journal of Medicine. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2021225

Mehra, P. R., MD, Ruschitzka, P., MD, & Patel, A. N., MD. (2020, June 5). Retraction—Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: A multinational registry analysis. Retrieved from https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31324-6/fulltext#coronavirus-linkback-header

Mehra, M. R., Desai, S. S., Ruschitzka, F., & Patel, A. N. (2020). Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis. The Lancet. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31180-6/fulltext