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Guardians of Science: Fairness and Reliability of Peer Review

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6952.488 (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:488
  1. S Fletcher

    H-D Daniel, VCH, (pounds sterling)25, pp 118, ISBN 3-527-29041-9

    Early this century an eccentric Boston surgeon, E A Codman, suggested that surgeons should follow up their patients to determine how often surgery was successful and to analyse failures for future improvement. He did exactly that by reporting the one year results in all his patients. His foreword to the resulting book read: “It is idle to consider the standardization of hospitals without considering the standard of the product of each hospital, the part which the professional staff plays in raising the standard of the …

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