BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a904 (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a904

Mimicking the riddle “How many people does it take to change a light bulb?” cardiothoracic surgeons have now posed the question “How many cardiac surgeons does it take to write a research article?” The answer, according to an analysis of the archives of three major specialist journals over the past 70 years, is currently six or more. In this as in other fields, the single or dual author article has been cast into the realms of “historical curiosity” (Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2008;136:4-6, doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2007.12.057).

HIV testing in Vietnam seems to be more acceptable when it comes under the umbrella of “routine blood tests” that are carried out, for example, in an antenatal clinic in a state hospital. The women being tested and the healthcare workers then do not need to discuss issues specific to HIV or AIDS. Official “notification systems” are used to communicate the results, shifting the responsibility from the hospitals to those working out in the community, and all without needing patients’ consent (AIDS …

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