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BMJ yin issue

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

“He's such a wonderful person, so positive.” Western culture values the positive over the negative. People from Basingstoke and Bordeaux don't believe in balancing the yin (negative, dark, and feminine) with the yang (positive, bright, and masculine). They want the yang. To hell with the yin. Western medical journals are just the same. We favour the yang over the yin, so mucking up systematic reviews through publication bias. But this is the yin issue of the BMJ. Perhaps we should have one every year—to atone for our cultural …

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