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Filler Christmas 2009: Filler

BMJ archive: the videos

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 16 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5439
  1. David Payne, editor,
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    Late last year the journal’s full archive was uploaded on to, enabling readers to trawl 169 years of articles, letters, and research papers direct from the website. Suddenly, luminaries such as John Snow, David Livingstone, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Florence Nightingale can be found through a simple search.

    But we wanted to do more to bring such figures and their contributions to life. Given the success of a short video we commissioned last Christmas to accompany a paper on Oliver Twist’s workhouse diet, we approached the science producer Martin Freeth.

    He enlisted the neurobiologist Colin Blakemore, former head of …

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