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Obsoletely hopeless

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6993.1542 (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1542
  1. Stephan Rossner

    In March 1991 I was invited to contribute a chapter to a book on physical activity and obesity. As many other colleagues would have been I was flattered by the invitation as well as irritated by the additional workload. As many other colleagues would have done I accepted the task and asked for further instructions and for style guidelines for the manuscript. I never received any. Instead the editor apologised that these guidelines were not enclosed since the editors “wanted to initiate the process of writing as soon as possible.”

    Trying to comply with my task I used part of my summer months to complete the manuscript. Then everything was silent. For about two and a half years I did not hear about the book. When I wrote a letter indicating that by now the information—at least in my chapter—must be pretty outdated, I got a few reassuring lines back in return telling me not to worry. And finally, after two …

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