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Men, women, and symptoms . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5099 (Published 09 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5099

Inkblots

Hermann Rorschach created his famous test in 1921 and it’s still widely used in some parts of the world. Responses to the 10 inkblots are supposed to provide information about cognition and personality. It’s not what you see that matters most, but the way in which you see it. For example, subjects who see images in motion are judged to be creative, while those who focus on details are considered pedantic and unimaginative. Psychologists still argue about whether the test is valid or reliable (https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n21/deborah-friedell/bear-bat-or-tiny-king).

Benefits of bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is an effective intervention for obese people, but whether weight loss translates into useful benefits …

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