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Who dunnit?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2705 (Published 27 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2705
  1. John Fletcher, clinical epidemiologist
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
  1. jfletcher@bmj.com

    Match the name to the topic for which they are known.

    a) Used Coxcomb plots to display hospital mortality statistics and leading causes of death

    b) A time series analysis to show the effectiveness of hand washing in reducing maternity hospital mortality

    c) An observational study of two different topical applications for treating gunshot wounds

    d) A controlled clinical trial of several acidic foodstuffs to assess treatments for scurvy

    James Lind

    Florence Nightingale

    Ignac Semmelweis

    Ambroise Pare

    Answers

    Short answers

    d—James Lind

    a—Florence Nightingale

    b—Ignac Semmelweis

    c—Ambroise Pare

    Long answers

    d—James Lind, in 1747, while serving as a ship’s surgeon aboard HM Salisbury, assembled 12 of his patients with scurvy to try out various …

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