Both knowledge and compassion are neededBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1657a (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1657
- Stephen Browne
- General practitioner, Ash Tree Medical Centre, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NP.
EDITOR,—Kenneth Calman calls for a full debate on the purpose of medicine and its basic values and a continuing review of medical education, emphasising diagnosis and high ethical standards.1 Western medicine, classed as a caring profession from the fourth century to the present day, owes a great debt to the Christian faith and individual Christians for its caring tradition and its progress.2
Dr Thomas Sydenham (1624-89) has …