December #ukmedlibs chat: festive frivolity and seasonal silliness

Share your findings from the byways of the literature at the December #ukmedlibs chat. We thought a little seasonal frivolity might be in order, so we’ll be talking about some of the stranger things we’ve found in the literature over the years. If you’d like to contribute, the Christmas BMJs are happy hunting grounds for such articles. Who can forget articles like these?

Gajendragadkar PR, Moualed DJ, Nicolson PL, Adjei FD, Cakebread HE, Duehmke RM, Martin CA. The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study. BMJ. 2013 Dec 14;347:f7198. doi:


Smith GC, Pell JP. Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. 2003 Dec 20;327(7429):1459-61 doi:

[NHS OpenAthens account required to access these papers]

Other happy hunting grounds are Seriously Science (which incorporates what used to be NCBI ROFL). You may well have your own favourites. A colleague of one of the #ukmedlibs team likes to cite:

Haines JD Jr, Chop WM Jr, Swyden SN. Spontaneous pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, and pneumopericardium in a 16-year-old drug-abusing motorcyclist surrounded by a pack of coyotes. Postgrad Med. 1989 Oct;86(5):79-80. (Thanks @benjohnskinner)

The chat  will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 15 December, led by @tomroper. To join in, just be on Twitter at that time, and remember to use the hashtag. There’s no set questions this time.

Remember you can find our archives and some useful analytics at Symplur



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