Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Analysis Christmas 2009: Christmas Fayre

Santa Claus: a public health pariah?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 17 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5261

Rapid Response:

People need sense of humour!

Dear authors:

This article is most entertaining, but has been widely reported in the lay
press as a totally serious article. These poor journalists, and their
readers, clearly don't understand the concept of medical humour and
parody, and that this can be subtle! I ask you, please let them know it is
supposed to be humourous (or at least most is) before someone thinks
you're really anti-Santa and want to spoil everyone's fun!

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 December 2009
Sarah J Abrahamson
PhD Candidate
Monash University