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Letters Science behind “man flu”

Evolutionary benefit of “man flu”? Try rephrasing the question

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 07 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k455
  1. Catherine M Morgan, senior respiratory physiologist
  1. Hereford, UK
  1. catherine.morgan{at}

I enjoyed Sue’s investigations into the potential physiological basis of “man flu,” particularly the fairly good evidence of sex differences in response to rhinoviruses.1 Studies indicating that premenopausal women may …

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