94 articles published between 17 Dec 2012 and 23 Dec 2012

Editor's Choice

The view from space

BMJ 2012;345:e8605 (Published 19 December 2012)



Study finds why hospitals are failing to confront medical errors

BMJ 2012;345:e8651 (Published 21 December 2012)

Fitness assessments used in geriatric care benefit cancer patients, pilot studies find

BMJ 2012;345:e8655 (Published 21 December 2012)

EU tables new rules to deter smokers

BMJ 2012;345:e8660 (Published 21 December 2012)

BMA criticises increased funding for boxing

BMJ 2012;345:e8678 (Published 21 December 2012)

Doctor who denied he saw Iraqi detainee’s injuries is struck off medical register

BMJ 2012;345:e8686 (Published 21 December 2012)

Safety labeling on generic drugs is inconsistent, study says

BMJ 2012;345:e8650 (Published 21 December 2012)

Raising age of Medicare eligibility is no panacea for budget woes

BMJ 2012;345:e8653 (Published 21 December 2012)

Canadian doctors say it is inappropriate for them to prescribe marijuana

BMJ 2012;345:e8623 (Published 21 December 2012)

Doctors criticise privatised out of hours service in London

BMJ 2012;345:e8610 (Published 20 December 2012)

France could soon have draft law on assisted suicide for terminally ill people

BMJ 2012;345:e8644 (Published 20 December 2012)

Irish MPs to vote next year on whether to allow limited abortion

BMJ 2012;345:e8638 (Published 20 December 2012)

Family that accused hospital of putting a “do not resuscitate” notice in patient’s notes was in denial, says judge

BMJ 2012;345:e8635 (Published 20 December 2012)

Boy must have surgery despite wishes of his mother, court rules

BMJ 2012;345:e8622 (Published 19 December 2012)

Patient survival rates for individual surgeons will be published from 2013

BMJ 2012;345:e8617 (Published 19 December 2012)

Six polio vaccination workers are shot dead in Pakistan

BMJ 2012;345:e8609 (Published 19 December 2012)

New drug for type 2 diabetes is no better than older, cheaper treatments, says institute

BMJ 2012;345:e8593 (Published 19 December 2012)

Commissioning board looks for funding formula that will reduce health inequalities

BMJ 2012;345:e8615 (Published 19 December 2012)

Doctors may face mandatory reporting of adverse incidents involving implants

BMJ 2012;345:e8614 (Published 19 December 2012)

Universities will have to report adverse events in research to higher education funding body, consultation proposes

BMJ 2012;345:e8604 (Published 19 December 2012)

Retain clinical excellence awards, but cap sum and number of recipients, says DDRB

BMJ 2012;345:e8585 (Published 18 December 2012)

Group is set up to look at seven day working in the NHS

BMJ 2012;345:e8601 (Published 18 December 2012)

Many pain clinics fail to offer multidisciplinary care, says audit

BMJ 2012;345:e8577 (Published 18 December 2012)

News - continued

Fight against malaria slowed in 2012 as funding fell

BMJ 2012;345:e8569 (Published 18 December 2012)

England will pilot cancer patient survey to compare hospitals

BMJ 2012;345:e8506 (Published 17 December 2012)

Presence of HPV in later life may represent reactivation, not reinfection

BMJ 2012;345:e8517 (Published 17 December 2012)

Reward doctors for early diagnosis of dementia, says think tank

BMJ 2012;345:e8533 (Published 17 December 2012)

Filipino parliament votes to improve access to contraception

BMJ 2012;345:e8535 (Published 17 December 2012)

Local authorities’ scrutiny committees must consider financial issues if they want to reject health service changes

BMJ 2012;345:e8543 (Published 17 December 2012)

Australia aims to eliminate female genital mutilation

BMJ 2012;345:e8553 (Published 17 December 2012)

Appointments later in week are less likely to be missed, finds study

BMJ 2012;345:e8534 (Published 17 December 2012)

MPs call for evidence on clinical trials and data disclosure

BMJ 2012;345:e8537 (Published 17 December 2012)

Army doctor was dishonest about injuries to detained Iraqi, finds tribunal

BMJ 2012;345:e8550 (Published 17 December 2012)

Indian government promises paediatric formulations of TB drugs

BMJ 2012;345:e8563 (Published 17 December 2012)

Postoperative deaths from bowel cancer fall for fourth year in row, audit shows

BMJ 2012;345:e8518 (Published 17 December 2012)


Does gay marriage improve health?

Douglas Kamerow

BMJ 2012;345:e8586 (Published 21 December 2012)

You can’t mandate compassion

Nigel Hawkes

BMJ 2012;345:e8509 (Published 18 December 2012)


Deficiencies in proposed new EU regulation of clinical trials

BMJ 2012;345:e8522 (Published 20 December 2012)

Tobacco harm reduction: the devil is in the deployment

BMJ 2012;345:e8412 (Published 17 December 2012)


Easily Missed?: Myasthenia gravis

BMJ 2012;345:e8497 (Published 21 December 2012)

Views & Reviews

Dengue fever is massively under-reported in India, hampering our response

Manish Kakkar

BMJ 2012;345:e8574 (Published 19 December 2012)

Polio eradication was an ideological project

William Muraskin

BMJ 2012;345:e8545 (Published 19 December 2012)

Has Ritalin replaced the rod?

Iain McClure

BMJ 2012;345:e8532 (Published 19 December 2012)

Educational interventions are unlikely to work because obese people aren't unhappy enough to lose weight

Paul Dolan, Georgios Kavetsos

BMJ 2012;345:e8487 (Published 17 December 2012)


Common sense gun policy reforms for the United States

BMJ 2012;345:e8672 (Published 21 December 2012)

When managers rule

BMJ 2012;345:e8239 (Published 19 December 2012)

The challenge of preventing spree killings

BMJ 2012;345:e8603 (Published 19 December 2012)

Dirty, deluded, and dangerous

BMJ 2012;345:e8330 (Published 18 December 2012)


What hope is there for ethical investment?

BMJ 2012;345:e8549 (Published 21 December 2012)

Failure of the broadcaster’s duty of care

BMJ 2012;345:e8552 (Published 21 December 2012)

Time for a “patient’s page” in hospital notes

BMJ 2012;345:e8556 (Published 21 December 2012)

Any conclusion from this “citizens’ jury” will be seriously flawed

BMJ 2012;345:e8576 (Published 21 December 2012)

NHS and academia need to work together in exploring new hypotheses

BMJ 2012;345:e8578 (Published 21 December 2012)

If you’re going to Vegas, watch out for the Texas sharp shooter . . .

BMJ 2012;345:e8584 (Published 21 December 2012)

Letter - continued

A copyright-free alternative to the mini-mental state examination is needed

BMJ 2012;345:e8589 (Published 21 December 2012)

Effects of Greek economic crisis on health are real

BMJ 2012;345:e8602 (Published 21 December 2012)

Author’s reply to Kentikelenis and colleagues

BMJ 2012;345:e8608 (Published 21 December 2012)

European Union has the Falsified Medicines Directive

BMJ 2012;345:e8356 (Published 20 December 2012)

Risk-benefit profile of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD is still unclear

BMJ 2012;345:e8360 (Published 20 December 2012)

Addition of long acting β agonist is not supported by clinical trial evidence

BMJ 2012;345:e8361 (Published 20 December 2012)

The health service is more intent on cure than on care

BMJ 2012;345:e8353 (Published 20 December 2012)

Many private screening tests have no known benefit

BMJ 2012;345:e8365 (Published 20 December 2012)

Bias control in shared decision making: still too many loose ends

BMJ 2012;345:e8291 (Published 20 December 2012)

Inhaled corticosteroids: first do no harm

BMJ 2012;345:e8204 (Published 20 December 2012)

Authors’ reply to Turgeon and Tejani and to Manderville

BMJ 2012;345:e8375 (Published 20 December 2012)



US drug shortages: a disappearing problem?

BMJ 2012;345:e8551 (Published 21 December 2012)

Can India walk the talk when it comes to mental health?

BMJ 2012;345:e8507 (Published 21 December 2012)

Barbara Hepworth’s hospital drawings

BMJ 2012;345:e8529 (Published 19 December 2012)

Learning from the abolitionists, the first social movement

BMJ 2012;345:e8301 (Published 19 December 2012)

Doctors on television: analysis of doctors’ experiences during filming of a documentary in the workplace

BMJ 2012;345:e8220 (Published 19 December 2012)

Push, pull, squeeze, clamp: 100 years of changes in the management of the third stage of labour as described by Ten Teachers

BMJ 2012;345:e8270 (Published 19 December 2012)

Gastroscopic painting

BMJ 2012;345:e8323 (Published 18 December 2012)

Case report of E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial

BMJ 2012;345:e8127 (Published 18 December 2012)

Bringing surgical history to life

BMJ 2012;345:e8135 (Published 18 December 2012)

Is it time for an evidence based uniform for doctors?

BMJ 2012;345:e8286 (Published 18 December 2012)

Using speed of ageing and “microlives” to communicate the effects of lifetime habits and environment

BMJ 2012;345:e8223 (Published 17 December 2012)

Revisiting the harem conspiracy and death of Ramesses III: anthropological, forensic, radiological, and genetic study

BMJ 2012;345:e8268 (Published 17 December 2012)

John Collins Warren (1778-1856): An American surgeon in London

BMJ 2012;345:e8251 (Published 17 December 2012)

Building a metaphor: Another brick in the wall?

BMJ 2012;345:e8302 (Published 17 December 2012)

Surgical thimbles

BMJ 2012;345:e8447 (Published 17 December 2012)

Toilet hygiene in the classical era

BMJ 2012;345:e8287 (Published 17 December 2012)

All in this together: the corporate capture of public health

BMJ 2012;345:e8082 (Published 17 December 2012)


Scott’s parabola and the rise and fall of metal-on-metal hip replacements

BMJ 2012;345:e8306 (Published 17 December 2012)

An early British case of neuromyelitis optica (1850)

BMJ 2012;345:e6430 (Published 17 December 2012)