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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:811
  1. Allen F Shaughnessy (, director of medical education,
  2. David C Slawson, professor of family medicine
  1. Pinnacle Health System, 205 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104, USA
  2. University of Virginia Health System, Box 800729, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA

    EDITOR—We appreciate Fitzmaurice's agreement with us that expert based information sources cannot be trusted.1 We take strong issue with his notion that our research design lacks rigour and is susceptible to bias.

    A careful scanning of the complete version would reveal that, although we labelled the design as …

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