Falling quality of caring mirrors the rise of materialism

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.527c (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:527
  1. M H M Harrison
  1. Retired consultant orthopaedic surgeon Birmingham B15 1JN

    EDITOR,—D J Weatherall seeks an explanation of the apparent downgrading of the quality of medical caring.1 I believe that this mirrors the ascendency of materialism and the decline in spiritual and moral values that have taken place over the past 50 years. A good example is to be found in the classified advertisement section of the issue containing Weatherall's editorial: the MEDICS Locum Agency advertises that “Money answers all things.”

    The main concern is not what is responsible for this but what can be done about it. We must all share the blame; the …

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