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The ethical issues 

The "Affaire Rylander" raises several ethical and scientific issues, relating both to Rylander himself and the different players around him. Some of these issues are presented here, not in order of importance or magnitude. There are no answers – as with any ethical issue it is the individual involved who has to solve her/his own problems. 

  • Was Rylander wrong to remain in contact with the tobacco industry when its various actions to play down information regarding the effects on health became apparent?

  • Should a scientist take global responsibility for a particular organisation - or even a political party or a country – even when her/his own working conditions are open and honest?

  • Was it right of Rielle and Diethelm to demand a number of serious scientific sanctions against Rylander in their press release, thus, by doing so, prejudging the outcome of the Geneva University investigation which they had requested, and playing on public opinion?

  • Was it right that the Department of Instruction in Geneva should fire one of Rylander’s previous employees, three years later, on the grounds that she, in a private e-mail, was sympathetic to Rylander’s cause and his fight for the truth?

  • Was it right that certain scientific colleagues, particularly Swedish occupational medicine physicians, should not only stop all research collaboration but also widely discredit Rylander on a national and international level?

  • Was it right that the University of Gothenburg should ask Rylander to cease all activities at the University because of the fear of bad publicity and “contamination”?

  • Is it right for Diethelm, McKee and Reille to continue and discredit Rylander year after year in different associations, different media and through personal contacts?