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Over Christmas 1989, the BMJ published a piece of mine which purported to evaluate the impact of medical schools' teaching on nutrition by correlating the amount of curriculum time devoted to the subject by UK medical schools with the number of those schools' graduates whose reports appeared in the Good Food Guide. The correlation was gently negative, and the conclusion argued the abandonment of medical school teaching on nutrition.
With some faint satisfaction, I still occasionally receive a somewhat perplexed communication (generally from North America) querying my 'findings' in the light of other contemporary research.
Perhaps, for the benefit of the credulous, the BMJ should append a comment to all spoof Christmas papers hinting at their character?
1. Wakeford, Richard. "Impact of medical school training on doctors' nutritional awareness: an evaluation using the Good Food Guide database." BMJ: British Medical Journal 299.6715 (1989): 1572.