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Feature Libel laws and scientific debate

An old battle: England’s libel laws versus scientific debate

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1227

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Re: Simon Singh and the attempt to stifle scientific debate

I'm sorry Professor Ernst but I think that Simon Singh is the guilty
party in the matter of the stifling of scientific debate. Simon Singh is a
prominent author on scientific and mathematical subjects and he was
writing in an influential national newspaper. It seemed to me that the
authoritative scientist had already decided the matter: for Singh to write
that the BCA was "happily promoting bogus treatments" was not an
invitation to debate the science. I'm sorry to disagree with Professor

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22 March 2010
Mark Struthers
GP and prison doctor