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Researching laterally

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

Just as the most interesting art may depend on a lateral leap so may the most interesting research. At least two papers in this week's journal are far from routine. Gerald Dubowitz carried out his research at base camp on Mount Everest (p 582). Mountaineers sleep poorly at high altitude because of low temperatures and incipient acute mountain sickness. They have been warned against using hypnotics because of a theoretical fear of depressing the respiratory system. But Dubowitz has shown in a randomised placebo …

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