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8 December 2022

My clinical students submit a research paper each week that is relevant to their current patient. A student was caring for a patient with heart failure in the intensive care unit and submitted a paper that discussed the benefits of exercise for patients with a similar condition. She chose a nice paper in the references which, on the surface at least, had a good correlation to the patient. Except … the subjects of the paper were mice! I guess she missed that! She did not have much to explain to me, except that she only read the discussion section and thought the paper looked good because the title contained the words “heart failure”.

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