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BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:776
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}

A few years ago I felt compelled (out of both a sense of duty and a feeling of nausea) to chide the Independent about its complementary health guru. “Oooh, but he’s very popular,” was the newspaper’s defence. So is pornography, I said. “Oooh no,” they replied, in an outraged tone, “that wouldn’t be ethical,” though I reckoned that big tits on page 3 is a lot more ethical than snake oil salesmen peddling the illusion of knowledge to the …

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