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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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Simon Singh and the attempt to stifle scientific debate

How could Singh's comment initiate a scientific debate?
Well, that seems quite obvious to me. In or order to have a debate about
questionable or unsubstantiated claims, one must first challenge them. And
that is precisely what Simon Singh did.

Competing interests:
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18 March 2010
Edzard Ernst
Professor of Complementary Medicine
Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, Exeter EX2 4NT, UK