NCBI ROFL: What's wrong with citing Wikipedia?

By ncbi rofl | September 22, 2009 3:00 pm

Fulminant dengue myocarditis masquerading as acute myocardial infarction.

“Dengue fever is manifested by a sudden onset of fever (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fever), with severe headache, myalgias (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myalgia), arthralgias (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthralgia) and characteristic bright red petechia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petechia). The exact incidence and pathophysiological mechanism of dengue myocarditis remain obscure, but most of these cases are self-limiting. Fatal dengue myocarditis is a very rare complication of dengue fever. The non-specific symptoms and signs of dengue myocarditis make early diagnosis difficult. A 25-year-old Indian male, suffered from fulminant dengue myocarditis, presented to a our hospital with symptoms and electrocardiographic features mimicking acute myocardial infarction. Unfortunately, the patient succumbed before the dengue serology results were available.”

Thanks to Oldcola for today’s ROFL!

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  • Deray

    wow! we don't have time to check the references sited in wikipedia before someone scoops our paper, let's just send it like that…o_0

  • Madeleine

    Sounds like you'd better run your papers through spellcheck too: it's "cited", not "sited". At least a Wikipedia citation is open access.

  • Deray

    My bad! finger mistake. So, it is ok to CITE wikipedia because it's open access? Why not bothering then to go pull a paper or a review on dengue from any of the PLoS journals? they are open access but peer reviewed!

  • Avvaippaatti

    Holy crap of articles on Harry's headaches! How come they don't analyse the psychokenetic neuralgias of the witches and wizards too and publish in Trends in Neurosciences?
    Since when have we found time to analyse fictional characters within the ambit of rational science? I wonder what the flying spaghetti monster's thoughts are on this?

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