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Skrabanek dedicated his life to generating scepticism

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:351
  1. Simon Mills, General practitioner
  1. 27 John Dillon Street, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland

    EDITOR—In their book Follies and Fallacies in Medicine Skrabanek and McCormick cited Mencken: “for every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, direct and wrong.”1 One of the authors, Petr Skrabanek, has been accused of being a consultant to the tobacco industry.2 These accusations have been dismissed as libel by those who worked with him, but as Skrabanek is dead he lacks any legal recourse.

    Skrabanek and McCormick's book does not mention cigarettes. With refreshing heterodoxy it castsa critical …

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