Doctors pass off spoof research as fact

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:899
  1. T Sheldon

    A group of Dutch doctors is attempting to pass off spoof scientific research as fact in an attempt, they claim, to show the thin line between truth and fiction in medicine. One regional Dutch newspaper has already published a fake article, believing it to be true, about a “gene bus” that the public could attend to test their genetic predisposition to fatal diseases. It stated that the results of tests for Alzheimer's disease were kept secret because “the high percentage could cause social unrest in the village.”

    The story appeared in the Leeuwarder Courant, Friesland's main newspaper. It was then picked up by the national newspaper De …

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