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Pretending physicians and other new breeds

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6971.65a (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:65
  1. George Dunea

    From time to time we hear the encouraging news that the coming of a new breed of doctor is about to transform the medical scene. One of the earlier new breeds was the scientific doctor, who understood chemistry and analysis of covariance, and no longer countenanced the empirical prescribing of drugs of unproved value (even if the patients swore by them). A second coming, in the seventies, was that of the concerned doctor, often with long hair or a pony tail, often in sandals or sometimes without shoes, all set to reform society and shower unlimited health care upon underserved deserving consumers. Now comes yet another new breed, this time with a master's degree in business …

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