We report... and then

"Author Jodi Dixon, a final-year medical student at the University of Birmingham, U.K., describes a 2010 study of 315 students at London University in which 1 in 10 reported knowing a fellow student who had turned to prostitution out of financial necessity."

This is supposed to indicate a big problem, showing how common prostitution is amongst medical students. But wait a sec... the study says 1 in 10 students

At this point, it might occur to one that 32 students is not an unduly large circle of friends for a

Then, if you rephrase the study a little, it becomes, "Out of 315 medical students at the University of London, we might have turned up one or two prostitutes."

But it's a little hard to raise a fuss about the "problem" when it is put that way, isn't it?

Listen, you med students, just remember:

*we*decide:"Author Jodi Dixon, a final-year medical student at the University of Birmingham, U.K., describes a 2010 study of 315 students at London University in which 1 in 10 reported knowing a fellow student who had turned to prostitution out of financial necessity."

This is supposed to indicate a big problem, showing how common prostitution is amongst medical students. But wait a sec... the study says 1 in 10 students

*know*someone who has turned to prostitution. And this is from a study at a single university, which surveyed only 315 students. So 1 in 10 of them would be 32 students.At this point, it might occur to one that 32 students is not an unduly large circle of friends for a

*single person*to have. So it's quite possible that these 32 students all know*the exact same person*who is working the streets. And that possibility looms even more distinctly when one considers how, in a small community like a medical school, word that "Bill who is doing podiatry" is selling himself, will tend to spread a bit.Then, if you rephrase the study a little, it becomes, "Out of 315 medical students at the University of London, we might have turned up one or two prostitutes."

But it's a little hard to raise a fuss about the "problem" when it is put that way, isn't it?

Listen, you med students, just remember: