It is the next case of a prominent Austrian, where at least part of the academic career comes in an extremely bad light. The MFG party has lifted the dissertation (Dr. phil.) of the extremely controversial President of the Medical Association in Slovakia – and is shocked. It is a stapled collection of articles spanning eight years. There isn’t even pagination or a table of contents, let alone a scientific conclusion.
You could almost collect the newspaper that sausages are wrapped in and pass it off as a doctoral thesis. The suspicion of plagiarism against Minister of Justice Zadic is far less serious than the allegations against Thomas Szekeres, who is close to the SPÖ. who is considered an excessive corona measures hardliner. It’s not about being copied somewhere – it’s about the so-called doctoral thesis that Szekeres wrote his Dr. phil. owes, does not meet any scientific criteria at all.
There is no separate work that can be identified as research to obtain a doctoral degree. Rather, the paper can no longer be surpassed in terms of audacity and sloppiness. The old articles by Thomas Szekeres, his wife and other authors were simply copied and stapled together without any overarching explanation of how the texts relate and what they are actually supposed to prove. Here not even the appearance was given to have done a scientific work, as is the case at least with the plagiarists pro forma. From a legal point of view, the presumption of innocence applies until the circumstances and content have been clarified.
As a result, the press release of MFG Austria about the topic
Eleven works copied and stapled together. Only four by Szekeres as first author, including two reviews. MFG doctors arrange for reputable university review.
President of the Medical Association Szekeres is happy to refer to experts and “science” when it comes to discussing compulsory vaccination or vaccination damage. Many critical doctor colleagues were silenced in this way or even faced disciplinary proceedings because their scientific approach was questioned. But how scientifically correct is the PhD dissertation (“Doktor phil.”) of the Chamber President himself?
A “Family PhD”?
The fact is: Szekeres received his doctorate from the University of Trnava in Slovakia in 2003 while he was employed at the MedUni. It is strange that the “dissertation” does not deal with a new topic, but is merely a matter of stapling together eleven publications that had previously been published between 1994 and 2002. Szekeres is the first author of only four works. Two of them are “reviews”, ie they are a summary of studies by other scientists and are therefore not an independent study as required for a PhD. His wife is the lead author in four studies. This collection of literature was then sloppily copied under the title “Enzyme targeted chemotherapy by inhibition of key enzymes of DNA synthesis” and then simply stapled together. Without there being an independent, comprehensive treatise on this topic, as is standard for a dissertation.
The scientific quality of this work is questionable. Here is a list of some serious deficits:
- no introduction, no table of contents and no bibliography
- no superordinate scientific thesis (ergo also not proven)
- no overarching subject area with a precise research question
- No information on a supervisor or a supervising department
- No information on a rigorosum and on publication
- No consecutive numbering – the work begins with page 118 (!)
- There is no date apart from the year 2003 – it is unclear when the documents were submitted, when checked, when approved, when published?
- Not a single scientific work in the “dissertation” is based on research at the University of Trnava or was created with a cooperation partner from this university. All works were created at the University or MedUni Vienna.
MFG medical group demands clarification
The MFG list of doctors around Univ. Prof. Andreas Sönnichsen and DDr. Christian Fiala would now like to know from the President of the Chamber:
- Why did the President of the Chamber write and submit his PhD thesis at the University of Trnava in 2003 and not at the MedUni Vienna, where he was employed at the time and where the scientific publications were also produced? At the time, MedUni Vienna also offered the opportunity to study for a PhD.
- Did Szekeres even study in Slovakia? If so, how was that compatible with his full-time job at MedUni Vienna?
- Was there a board examination at the Slovakian university? If yes: who was involved? Who was the supervisor? What expertise did he have?
- And finally, how compatible is such an undermining of scientific standards of a doctorate with his role model function as president of the medical association?
A Slovak doctor was outraged by this work and then contacted the MFG. “We checked the “work” and were appalled by the obvious shortcomings,” says Christian Fiala from the MFG list of physicians. A PhD thesis is an enormous scientific effort – in Austria an academic title for such a work would probably not be possible. “The President of the Chamber has the science carried along like a monstrance during the Corona crisis and all doctors who represented a different scientific opinion were pursued with disciplinary proceedings. Now we are seeing a PhD thesis that is tarnishing the reputation of the medical profession and the Medical Association”, according to Fiala. Andreas Sönnichsen confirms: “We will involve the disciplinary committee of the Medical Association and call on Rector Müller from MedUni Vienna – where Szekeres teaches – to take action. In addition, we will obtain an expert opinion on this work from a renowned university.”
The “dissertation” of Chamber President Szekeres (he is presumed innocent) can be found in the archives of the University of Trnava under “C-Sklad, 615/Sze 038071” in a printed version and can only be viewed in the library’s reading room by prior order. (http://ezp.truni.sk/opac/openURL?sid=B062938)
The saved work can be downloaded here: