Which is the best research paper of all time?
Experts discuss the papers that have shaped their careers
- By: Braden O’Neill, Helen Macdonald
Asking someone to choose their favourite research paper of all time is a lot like asking someone what their favourite food is. We found this out when we ran a workshop at the BMJ’s recent conference on evidence based medicine, asking experts what they thought were the best research papers of all time. The answer, in short, is that it depends, just like your favourite food depends on your mood, how hungry you are, who you are with, and what else you are doing that day. So when you get some serious people together from the world of evidence based medicine, and ask them what their favourite paper is, perhaps its not surprising that their answers run the gamut from classic cuisine to cutting edge gastronomy.
If his choice of paper is anything to go by, Professor Peter Gøtzsche’s favourite food is probably a dish cooked by himself. Gøtzsche is