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Prepare to be unsettled

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 19 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:0

A successful Christmas issue of the BMJ will divert, amuse, amaze, instruct, infuriate, and—most of all—unsettle. Life shouldn't be quite the same after reading it. This one will, I think, do the trick.

The unsettling comes from the overturning of treasured myths and the slaughtering of sacred cows (including a one-off contribution here on the BMJ's abhorrence of hyphens). Christmas is a time when traditionally we do battle with our families. We will try to shove our children to bed with the maxim “Early …

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