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August 27, 2009


Marc Abrahams, Guardian UK - Jutting from almost every issue of a journal called Medical Hypotheses are articles that, in the editor's opinion, may be wrong or wrong-headed. One is called Losing Weight By Defecating At Night, another Why Do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? These, and 98 other head-scratchers, each tinged with flecks of madness, genius, or cunning perversity, provide the raw material for a book called Death Can Be Cured. . . . Medical Hypotheses publishes clever guesses about medical mysteries. Most of the world's several thousand other medical journals do, too. But Medical Hypotheses is unusual in that (1) it admits doing it and (2) it publishes nothing else. No "now we know the real story" medical case reports. No "thus it is proved" experimental results. Just hypotheses….


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