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Do animals bite more during a full moon? Retrospective observational analysis

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1559

Re: The conclusion is unfounded

I must agree the conclusion is unfounded. I agree the
analysis demonstrated an association but in no way
did it address or prove causation. Many odd behaviors,
human and animal, have been assigned to the lunar
cycle. It is not a suprise to see a well documented
study of one particular event which shows a sharp
increase. I am sure there are others. It would be
interesting to compare the "victims" of animal bites
during the full moon. It may be the humans are the
ones who have a behavioral change.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 March 2002
Richard Paula
Attending Emergency Medicine
Tampa General Hospital