Has the internet killed medical satire?

Access to more information than ever before means people are less likely to be introspective about their sources, writes Antony Scholefield

In 1982, the BMJ started what’s become a minor Christmas institution — a silly season special, with studies of strangely overlooked topics such as where teaspoons go and the side effects of sword-swallowing.


But this year’s edition featured a more serious look at the role of silly studies and a question of whether the internet and social media have ruined them.

In 2010, Assistant Professor Kenneth Myers, a paediatric neurologist, published a joke article in the