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Brain gum, CME, and keeping up to date

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:0

Brain gum. Wouldn't we all like a chew on that? The gum features in an editorial on “functional foods,” substances that lie in the hinterland between foods and drugs (p 205). The authors also mention a canned split pea soup that includes St John's Wort “to give your mood a natural lift.” Their message is that marketeers are light years ahead of regulatory authorities, particularly in Britain.

Keeping up to date is the order of the day for doctors, and brain gum might prove much more palatable than continuing medical education, much of which approaches palatability …

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