Every year the British Medical Journal (BMJ) includes a series of witty, light-hearted, or simply thought-provoking articles and editorials in their holiday issue. Here are a few selections*:
Anders Huitfeldt examines the concept of “risk factor” using an unusual research topic!
This cohort study sought to estimate the effect of playing Pokemon GO on the number of steps taken daily by young adults and to see if an increase in number of steps was sustained over time.
The objective of this research study was to "determine the inherited factors associated with the ability to smell asparagus metabolites in urine."
Paul Newton and Brigitte Timmermann uncover the truth that inspired Graham Greene’s film, The Third Man, and highlight a continuing problem with the manufacture of fake prescription drugs.
Valerie Vaughn and her co-authors explore how cognitive biases almost led to disaster during the Cold War, and how lessons from history can help clinicians reconsider causes of diagnostic errors.
Paul Hodgkin examines the changing role of general practitioners in the digital age.
This timely editorial looks back at Oxford English dictionary’s word of the year (post-truth) and reflects on why seeking and explaining evidence to all is still vitally important.
This year the BMJ also has a Christmas Advent Calendar where you can read a different classic article each day from past holiday issues: http://www.bmj.com/christmas-advent-calendar-2016
You can access the complete BMJ here: http://www.bmj.com/thebmj
* Note: You must be on the WUSM internet network or logged into a proxy/remote access account to access these articles, unless otherwise noted as "Open Access"