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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:0

Blood on the pages

Question: “What is the main characteristic of a successful letters section?”

Answer: “Blood on the pages.”

All those readers who would have answered erudition, wit, style, evidence, or passion may be wincing but all of these desirable characteristics can be mixed with blood. And blood has the great virtue of attracting people's attention. What is the point of erudition and wit if they go unnoticed?

This week's letters pages are covered in blood, much of it the editor's. Julian Tudor Hart has been appalled by the editor giving credence to “an extraterrestrial flight” on rationing from an academic lawyer (p 1605). Ronald Dworkin …

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