Letters

The rhetoric of research

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.61a (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:61
  1. A J Singleton
  1. Research scientist Division of General Practice and Primary Care, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    Encourage spin: it provides context

    EDITOR,--The heart of Richard Horton's argument is that the presence of “spin” in a scientific paper is unjustified and serves the illegitimate purpose of empowering the “knowledge” that the author wishes to convey.1 The ensuing debate with Trisha Greenhalgh seems superficial because they discuss legitimacy rather than the underlying assumption that a paper can be categorised into two separate elements, spin and knowledge.

    Horton proposes the use of critical literary analysis during …

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