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Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

Pills, thrills, and bellyaches

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-h

Rapid Response:

Re: Re: Decline of BMJ...more

Like Samantha
, I dreaded the hate mail that I'd receive after submitting rapid responses. The hate mail hasn't stopped since e-mail addresses were removed from our postings (I suppose the hate mailers have us in their address books), but it has slowed down.

When Mark Struthers says that fear of harassment has kept some "girlie-men" away he seems to be referring just to doctors, but this is an odd label. has a page for "cheers and jeers". After reading the "jeers", a psychology professor "became concerned that emotional dyscontrol, scatalogia, and a precipitous decline in general IQ may be heretofore unrecognized side effects of homeopathy, chiropractic therapy, herbalism, and the like". The professor
suggested that someone look into this. So, how about the BMJ helping with this much-needed study?
The findings could be published in your Christmas edition.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 March 2005
Graeme Johnston