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Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

Pills, thrills, and bellyaches

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7488.0-h (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-h

Rapid Response:

Thrills, spills and happy pills

Peter Morrell should not forget that October through December last,
the BMJ indulged very heavily in peacekeeping operations in the Middle
East - at the instigation of London psychiatrist Dr Derek Summerfield and
with Leeds GP Dr Simon Fellerman to add some balance to the debate. This
bizarre activity will most certainly have skewed the figures on rational
responding.

I have personally long been keen to keep my end up and reinforce the
BMJ rapid response tally. However, during the prolonged Israel/Palestine
intifada, my responses were deemed to be ‘fouling up the website like rank
weeds’. Ever since, I have found postings an increasingly uphill struggle.
These two events must surely account for the massive decline in BMJ
activity since the beginning of this year. I can’t see that charging for
access is a good idea either.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 February 2005
Mark Struthers
GP
Bedfordshire, UK. mark.struthers@which.net