By which I don’t mean: are they edgy and cool? Rather, I mean do they deliberately write a load of impenetrable made-up gobbledygook that makes them sound clever to the layperson? For your delectation, I compare two statistics papers that were published this week, one in PLOS Medicine, the other in The Lancet.
Running down a grassy hill after a ball of cheese could only be a British tradition, along with drinking litres of tea and stuffing ferrets down one’s trousers. Being a big fan of development metaphors, and itching to continue writing about mad pursuits, I think it’s safe to say that the post-2015 MDGs cheese is [...]
As we approach the end date of the MDGs, many academics and policy-makers are looking to what the new framework will be. In a recently published PLOS article, Larry Gostin et al. propose a Joint Action and Learning Initiative on Global and National Responsibilities for Health. What exactly does this entail?
A paper just published in the journal Globalization and Health outlines thinking around a global social health protection fund. The seeds of this idea appeared in Plos Medicine in 2006, emerged as a PhD thesis in 2008, and now regularly appear in various quality publications (see the Lancet for example). Hyperbole surround many announcements of [...]
Every discipline has its great debates: Wittgenstein v Russell in philosophy (where Russell allegedly lunged at his ex-pupil with a poker); Huxley v Wilberforce in the biological sciences (where Wilberforce questioned Huxley’s simian ancestry). With all eyes on the MDGs at the moment (see Sridhar’s blog on MDG silos, for example), it seemed appropriate to [...]