Joy of rapid responses: Don't take points raised in open and free discussion personally

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7440.644-c (Published 11 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:644
  1. Malvinder S Parmar, medical director (internal medicine) (atbeat@ntl.sympatico.ca)
  1. Timmins and District Hospital, Timmins, ON, Canada P4N 8R1

    EDITOR—Fazel describes her negative feelings about the rapid responses to her paper.1 No matter its limitations, the rapid response section of bmj.com is one of the most important and live mediums for open and free discussion among authors and readers.

    Authors, like everyone else, do not wish to be criticised for their work or conclusions, and their first response is to defend themselves. Often the concern raised by …

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