In reply: In his letter, Gøtzsche is clearly under the misapprehension that, in using the figure of speech "gives the lie to", I am accusing him of lying. Nothing could be further from the truth. As he quotes, I applied that phrase to his conclusions. In my Australian Oxford Dictionary1 to "give the lie to" can mean — and it is this meaning that I was applying — "serve to show the falsity of a supposition".
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