Doing particular good in today's NHS

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.950a (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:950
  1. P J E M Wilson
  1. Consultant surgical neurologist Walberton, West Sussex BN18 OPQ

    EDITOR,--C J Burns-Cox keeps a philosophical directive from Gandhi on his office wall.1 Colleagues labouring under the burden of managerial politics in today's NHS might prefer something more homespun. My own choice is from the (mad?) English visionary William Blake: “He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars and not in generalizing Demonstrations of the Rational Power.”


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