man flu

man flu2016-12-08T22:22:19+00:00

man flu


A deprecating term that first appeared in the popular literature in the UK, referring to the way in which men are said to respond to a minor cold and seemingly act like children when sick. 

Whilst some workers believe that men react differently than women to the flu, the current data is weak and unreliable. The term man flu was assessed in letters to the editor in the British Medical Journal, because an unscientific survey on “man flu” had made its way into the popular press and was being widely quoted despite its lack of validity.  

Reference BMJ 2006; 333 : 1128
doi: 10.1136/bmj.39041.590556.59  

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