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Macho rhubarb
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Leicester, LE1 6TP, UK (jmw24{at}

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    Editor,— Tim Albert's editorial1 raises some important questions about communicating through journals. I share his concerns about the purpose and process of writing and publishing scientific articles. Distorting the tortuous IMRAD structure, I express some of mine in a poem. My misgivings about the methodology of writing the text include the apparently common practice of recycling old paragraphs and papers, grafting on the issue of the day and dressing the whole in the current macho style. For the record, I wrote my poem willingly, in my leisure time and for fun.


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