Letters

Failing to bark and barking

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7394.882/a (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:882
  1. Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe, professor of cardiovascular epidemiology (h.tunstallpedoe@dundee.ac.uk)
  1. Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY

    EDITOR—Le Fanu's Sherlock Holmes style case of the missing data and dog that failed to bark had amusing elements but also misunderstandings, errors, and accusations of concealment, implying bad faith.1

    • Twenty one countries took part in the World Health Organization's monitoring trends and determinants in cardiovascular disease (MONICA) project, not 27.

    • MONICA had set out to validate and explain such trends. Our 1999 paper on trend results was big news internationally, including the BMJ,2 but apparently Le Fanu missed it.

    • Mortality …

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