Doomed by subjective assessment

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1165d (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1165
  1. B A Evans
  1. Consultant in genitourinary medicine, Charing Cross Hospital, London W6 8RF.

    EDITOR,--Jeffrey Tobias's assertion that “Merit is merit, and that's that” is too naive to be credible.1 As he confirms, the whole process of rewarding merit rests on advocacy and is thus open to the subtle influences of flattery and ingratiation …

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