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Rabid responses

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:383
  1. Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist (
  1. Oxford

    At last the BMJ has realised that too many rapid responses are actually rabid responses (BMJ 2005;330: 1284). But Grimm's law predicts it.

    The brothers Grimm, Jakob Ludwig and Wilhelm Karl, are best known for the collection of fairy tales that bears their name, first published in two volumes in 1812 and 1814 under the title Kinderund Hausmärchen, with a third volume added in 1822. The tales have enthralled children ever since, but the brothers collected them as an act of serious scholarship, consulting mediaeval manuscripts and talking to villagers and peasants in the districts of Hesse and Hanau and transcribing their tales.

    The brothers were also eminent philologists, and Jakob's work is commemorated …

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