Following the theme from Teresa’s recent post, I too have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Systematic Reviews. But one of the small pleasures I take from the interminable task of screening thousands and thousands of titles is finding those weird and bizarre studies. Ones that either; a) I wish I’d thought of, b) I wish I’d worked on, or c) raised some questions regarding what the hell is going on. A common theme is that all of the titles left me wanting to know more (or sometimes less).
In celebration of a review I am currently working on, and the New Year, I though I’d present the top 13 weird/awesome/scary article titles I’ve identified so far, along with just one of the many questions they left me with. So, in the spirit of entertainment, perhaps inspiration and in no particular order;
An unusual case of double death Archiv fur Kriminologie (2003) 211(3-4): 81-89.
Does this mean there really is reincarnation?
Trampolines in New Zealand: a decade of injuries." British Journal of Sports Medicine 28(4): 234-38.
Is the problem trampolines or New Zealanders?
Sausage asphyxia. International Journal of Clinical Practice 2001 55(10): 723-24.
Exploding head syndrome. Headache 2001 41(6): 602-03.
Does this really happen?
Diseases of the spine in South American mummies. Neurosurgery 2001 48(1): 208-13.
Should you still recommend paracetamol and advice to stay active?
The man who mistook his patient for a chair: a speculation regarding sitting mechanical treatment of lower back pain. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 1998 2(2): 88-100.