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Towards evidence-based medicine for paediatricians
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}doctors.org.uk

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How often can you cry ‘Wolf!’?

The fable of the bored shepherd boy, alone on a hillside (except for the sheep—sheep don’t count as company—even in Yorkshire) waiting for something to happen, is one that I hope most of us know and can recount if needed at any dinner table.

In my folk recollections of the tale, it’s three times that the lad calls ‘Wolf!’. Twice he gets the thrill of a village-load of yokels pounding out to his …

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