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The emperor's pointer

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:418
  1. Jurgen A H R Claassen, registrar in geriatric medicine.
  1. UMC St Radboud, Nijmegen, Netherlands

    At first I thought it was just me. I was attending my first scientific meeting, a young doctor eager to acquire new knowledge. It was clear that the first speaker had firmly embraced the concept of the PowerPoint presentation, and he was treating his audience to beautifully coloured slides. Like so many of us, he tended to put just a little too much information on each slide. One of his slides showed a comparison between groups, and we were promised that the third group would differ dramatically from the other two. I saw two lines cross the slide, one close to the other, but no third line. I looked at the key at the bottom of the graph and …

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