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Why then is there a need to add that « .... the BMJ and its licensors assume no responsibility for any aspect of treatment administered with the aid of this information ... » or, even more oddly that « .... any reliance placed on this information is strictly at the user's own risk ... » .
A sign of the times it may be, but I have never seen anything like this before, and it seems a bit ... shameful, perhaps?