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On abandoning ties and avoiding nose rings: Medical humour has implications for evidence based medicine…

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:345
  1. John Attia (, senior lecturer,
  2. Kichu Nair, professor of geriatrics
  1. John Hunter Hospital, University of Newcastle, Level 3, David Maddison Building, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  2. John Hunter Hospital, New Lambton, New South Wales 2305, Australia

    EDITOR—Every year the BMJ and Medical Journal of Australia use their Christmas edition to inject some medical humour into the normally serious scientific literature. In this spirit we put together a fictional study entitled “Evidence based physicians' dressing: a cross-over trial,”1 in which we documented the effect of “retro” dress (flared jeans, Hawaiian shirts, moussed …

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