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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 01 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:68

In the summer, BMJ published a personal account of communication difficulties between the family of a dying child and their general practitioner (1999;319:554-6). The doctor's response was published alongside. The pair of articles provoked a large number of responses from readers. We want to publish more about the doctor-patient relationship and would welcome pairs of articles (no more than 800 words each please) from a doctor and a patient, describing different perspectives on shared experiences.

Competitive cyclists striving to improve their performance should try sitting in a cold bath for half an hour before competitions (British Journal of Sports Medicine 1999;33:3933-97). An experiment in 13 elite cyclists shows that cold immersion can improve mean power output by over 3% in a 70 second test. The researchers postulate that precooling might improve performance by shunting blood from the skin to the leg muscles.

Diarrhoea remains a leading cause of infant death in many countries. Breast feeding should continue during a diarrhoeal episode, but what is the best approach for babies whose mothers feed them cows' milk from a bottle? Give them frequent small feeds, concludes a randomised trial from China (Archives of Diseases in Childhood 1999;81:487-91). Babies given 12 small feeds a …

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