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I am sure I was not the only practising doctor that groaned at the sight of James Le Fanu being taken seriously by the BMJ on 7/2/15, a publication that I generally hold in high regard. Like many colleagues, I occasionally have to suffer being sent or shown articles by Le Fanu from well meaning friends or family. The BMJ article holds him up to be an educated interrogator of medical practice. In contrast his writings are often misinformed and littered with inaccuracies. He dismisses intensively researched national guidelines by comparing them against conflicting individual trials, the source or quality of which we are never informed. He also seems to delight in fuelling suspicion of doctors motives, particularly those of GPs (of which I admit I am one). Le Fanu's mischievous writings carry weight because he is medically qualified and employed by a broadsheet. Sadly the BMJ has lent his tabloid opinions further credence where we should be holding him up to scrutiny.