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BMJ. 2000 Dec 23-30;321(7276):1561-3.

Barking mad? another lunatic hypothesis bites the dust.

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  • 1Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. simonc@health.usyd.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess whether dog bites requiring hospital admission occur more at the full moon.

DESIGN:

Review of dates of admission for dog bites to accident and emergency departments, June 1997 to June 1998, compared with dates of the full moon.

SETTING:

All public hospitals in Australia.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Admissions for dog bites.

RESULTS:

12 peak clusters of admissions were unrelated to the time of the full moon.

CONCLUSION:

Dog bites are no more frequent on full moons than at any other time of the month. Sceptics rejoice.

PMID:
11124174
PMCID:
PMC27562
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