Newspaper Finds ’95 Instances of Plagiarism’ in USC Doc’s Book

The publication of a highly anticipated new book by an oncologist from the University of Southern California has been halted after the Los Angeles Times discovered dozens of instances of plagiarism in it.

The Book of Animal Secrets: Nature’s Lessons for a Long and Happy Life by Dr. David Agus was scheduled to be released on March 7 after a buzzing press tour that included appearances on CBS News and The Howard Stern Show, as well as a top spot on Amazon’s list of best-selling animal-related books. But, the Times research uncovered at least 95 instances of word-for-word plagiarism in the book. The New York Times, an Indiana newspaper column, and a 2016 blog post titled “The 10 Craziest Things You Should Know About a Giraffe” are some sources from which the book allegedly lifted information. Both Agus and Simon & Schuster issued statements announcing the suspension of sales of the book on Monday, days after the Times contacted them about its discoveries.

According to the publishing business, Agus’ decision to withdraw the book has their complete backing. “Recently, I found out that when we made The Book of Animal Secrets, we used quotes and excerpts from many different sources without giving credit to them.” The doctor added, “I deeply apologize to the scientists and authors whose work or words were used or not properly cited.” I take plagiarism allegations seriously.