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A curious thing

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a843
  1. Paul Whelan1,
  2. Chris Kalafatis1,
  3. John Oxford23,
  4. Anthony Gilbert3,
  5. Robert Lambkin-Williams3
  1. 1South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  2. 2Department of Academic Virology, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  3. 3Retroscreen Virology, London

    Many of us who have had an influenza infection will know that we aren’t at our sharpest mentally when ill with flu. So, when I and other psychiatry researchers were invited by virology colleagues to test this hypothesis, we jumped at the opportunity. Twenty healthy volunteers were quarantined for 10 days and infected with influenza virus. We administered a number of validated neuropsychological tests assessing various aspects of …

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