Skrabanek revelled in debunking conventional thinking

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1553

Petr Skrabanek, who died in 1994, was a witty and popular contributor to the Lancet who wrote amusing articles debunking conventional medical thinking. Born in Bohemia and trained in Ireland, he began his career as a forensic toxicologist but changed to epidemiology.

A chainsmoker, he deplored “healthism” and rejected the notion …

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