The Doubter’s Mysteries: The Creation (and the Fall of Satan)

‘The Doubter’s Mysteries’ are an attempt to write a short cycle of Mystery Plays – ie. plays based on Bible stories, like the Medieval Mystery Plays of York, Chester and Wakefield – from the point of view of a sceptical modern audience; an audience which either doesn’t believe in God, or can’t work out what he’s playing at.

There are fourteen of these plays, and the first is now online: ‘The Creation (and the Fall of Lucifer)’.

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, 2018-08

The new Research Summaries and Quiz for August 2018 are now online. For further information about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries please visit

Subjects covered this time:

Better healthcare must mean better for patients and carers
BMJ 2018;361:k1877
Risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack in patients with a diagnosis of resolved atrial fibrillation: retrospective cohort studies
BMJ 2018;361:k1717
Risk of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in patients with a documented penicillin allergy: population based matched cohort study
BMJ 2018;361:k2400
Comparison of prostatic artery embolisation (PAE) versus transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for benign prostatic hyperplasia: randomised, open label, non-inferiority trial
BMJ 2018;361:k2338
Prospective external validation of the Predicting Out-of-OFfice Blood Pressure (PROOF-BP) strategy for triaging ambulatory monitoring in the diagnosis and management of hypertension: observational cohort study
BMJ 2018;361:k2478
Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial
BMJ 2018;360:k851
Dyslipidaemia and cardiovascular risk
BMJ 2018;360:k835
Chronic pancreatitis
BMJ 2018;361:k2126
Education and myopia: assessing the direction of causality by mendelian randomisation
BMJ 2018;361:k2022
Learning to live with hearing voices
BMJ 2018;361:k2018
Leptospirosis: the possible risk to those participating in water-based sports and activities
Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (673): 394-395. DOI:

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, July 2018

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Subjects covered this time:

Abdominal migraine

BMJ 2018;360:k179

Clinical course of untreated cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 under active surveillance: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2018;360:k499

Treatment or surveillance for CIN2?

BMJ 2018;360:k771

Why a change of diagnosis shouldn’t matter . . . but it does

BMJ 2018;361:k1472

Lyme disease: summary of NICE guidance

BMJ 2018;361:k1261

Effectiveness of antidepressants

BMJ 2018;360:k1073

Alcohol intake in relation to non-fatal and fatal coronary heart disease and stroke: EPIC-CVD case-cohort study

BMJ 2018;361:k934

Long term survival, health, social functioning, and education in patients with European Lyme neuroborreliosis: nationwide population based cohort study

BMJ 2018;361:k1998

Revisiting the association of blood pressure with mortality in oldest old people in China: community based, longitudinal prospective study

BMJ 2018;361:k2158

Cannabis, cannabis everywhere: UK to review medical cannabis policy as Canada plans imminent legalisation for all uses

BMJ 2018;361:k2695

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, June 2018

The first instalment of a new series of Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries is now online at . Subjects covered this time:

Managing migraine in pregnancy

BMJ 2018;360:k80

Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort

BMJ 2018;360:k322

Ultra-processed foods and cancer

BMJ 2018;360:k599

End non-essential use of antimicrobials in livestock

BMJ 2018;360:k259

Bringing Vioxx back to market

BMJ 2018;360:k242

Conflicting asthma guidelines cause confusion in primary care

BMJ 2018;360:k29

Secondary prevention following myocardial infarction: a clinical update

Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (668): 151-152. DOI:

Sexual orientation disclosure in health care: a systematic review

Br J Gen Pract 29 January 2018; bjgp18X694841. DOI:

Cancer risk associated with chronic diseases and disease markers: prospective cohort study

BMJ 2018;360:k134

Mortality from different causes associated with meat, heme iron, nitrates, and nitrites in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study: population based cohort study

BMJ 2017;357:j1957

Eosinophilic esophagitis: update on management and controversies

BMJ 2017;359:j4482


Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, Volume 4

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Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, March 2018

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries & quiz for March 2018 are now online. Subjects covered this time:

Can we usefully stratify patients according to suicide risk?
BMJ 2017;359:j4627
Low vitamin D levels as a risk factor for cancer
BMJ 2017;359:j4761BMJ 2017;359:j4761
The responses to the “cancer drugs scandal” must fully involve patients—an essay by Tessa Richards
BMJ 2017;359:j4956
How Europe copes with flu
BMJ 2018;360:k266
Sixty seconds on . . . loneliness
BMJ 2018;360:k300
“Where there is life, there is hope”
BMJ 2018;360:j5920
Trimethoprim use for urinary tract infection and risk of adverse outcomes in older patients: cohort study
BMJ 2018;360:k341
Large study is “robust” evidence of link between chronic heavy drinking and dementia
BMJ 2018;360:k814
Are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labelling women with polycystic ovary syndrome?
BMJ 2017;358:j3694
Sex robots: the irreplaceable value of humanity
BMJ 2017;358:j3790

This is the last set of Research Summaries in the present series: we’ll now take a couple of months off to put this series in book form and prepare ourselves for the next one, which will probably commence in June or July.