Revelling in the negative

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

One of the BMJ's most important papers in the past 15 years was one that suggested that the increase in leukaemia in children living near nuclear installations might be caused by exposure of fathers to radiation before conception of their children. The hypothesis is known as the Gardner hypothesis—after Martin Gardner, the BMJ's first statistical adviser, who died prematurely a few years ago. Gardner's paper received worldwide media attention, but a study published today almost finishes the hypothesis (p 1181).

The authors linked the largest sets of records in Britain relating …

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