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Take it like a man: pseudodrugs for man flu

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2863
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

Listen to the male sufferers and you’d think that they were dying. However, they do tend to look better than they swear they feel. The resulting scepticism that these men provoke may well trigger them into overenergetic sniffing, coughing, or nose blowing, and an even more florid recounting of the terrible lethargy, discomfort, and infirmity that onlookers can’t even begin to appreciate.

Sooner or later the victims, as they have by then come to regard themselves, take to their beds. Thankfully, though, their symptoms typically resolve quickly with rest …

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