DEAD WRONG?

THE IRS SWOOPS DOWN ON A PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY TO EXAMINE AN ALLEGEDLY COLOSSAL FRAUD SCHEME AND A MYSTERIOUS ACCIDENT INVOLVING A TOP PATHOLOGIST

Correction Appended: March 14, 2007

Death and taxes, as the saying goes, are life's certainties. But, so far, their conjunction has only produced mystery as the IRS investigates the department of pathology at Tulane University's medical school. It is a mystery involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, the byzantine politics of academia, the plight of indigent patients and possibly the existence of an undead corpse or two.

One of the bodies in question belongs to the recently deceased Dr. Michael Gerber, chairman of the pathology department at the Louisiana institution. The doctor was alive and nervous in September as...

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