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I note Keiran Walsh's article and wonder whether one reason there is
such a lack of evidence of "dumbing down" is that medical journals,
including the British Medical Journal, are not interested in publishing
the data. It should be noted that our paper, cited by Walsh, was turned
down when it was submitted to the British Medical Journal on the grounds
that it wasn't of sufficient interest to the readership - a decision made
by an in-house editor as usual. It is some solace to see our paper being
cited in a filler article in the same Journal!
No competing interests
11 November 2007
John C Alcolado
Reader in Medicine
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 4XN