Shooting the messenger

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:i

You can tell when people are really annoyed by an article we publish: they spend precious time that could be used to dismantle the arguments in the article in criticising us for publishing the article. That's not to say that the criticisms may not be justified—just that the chase gets diverted away from the fox.

Such diversions abound in this week's letters. Among the group on alteplase for stroke—all from the USA—is one from Jerome Hoffman that criticises the BMJ for not commissioning more balanced commentaries to accompany the original article (p 1582). The following letter, from the writers of one of …

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