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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1459

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A sense of humour can do wonders for one's health

I think the purpose of this article was just to draw attention
to the fact that EBM is not infallible and it is not an
absolute truth. It is, believe or not, possible to criticize
something even when you have faith in it. The world, as
doctors know very well, is not black and white. Yes, EBM is
the best scientific strategy we have. However, this does not
make it sacred or beyond a little criticism/mockery. If we do
not acknowledge the negative sides of EBM, then how can we
call ourselves true proponents of it?

Nit picking on the particular example the authors used is
missing the point.I'm afraid that anyone who took this article
too seriously or too literally needs to read/watch more

Thank you for this very entertaining and enlightening article.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

19 May 2010
Tara Kulkarni