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Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and other leaders win Ig Nobel awards for teaching people about life and death

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 18 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3675
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York, USA

Politicians are better than doctors or scientists at medical education. Leaders such as Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko, Boris Johnson, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan have used covid-19 to teach their citizens about life and death. For their efforts they jointly won the 2020 Ig Nobel prize for medical education, although none of them showed up to make an acceptance speech.

The Ig Nobel awards are given for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. The 30th awards were virtually handed out on 17 September by real Nobel prize winners at …

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