Retractions Retraction

Cello scrotum

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b379

It has emerged that this letter by J Murphy (Br Med J 1974;2:335) about cello scrotum was a hoax. The author (a non-doctor) and his former wife (a doctor who was involved in writing the letter) confessed to the hoax after the letter was cited in an article published in the BMJ’s Christmas issue in 2008. Their rapid response was posted on in December 2008 (


Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b379

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