Soundings

Buy low, sell high

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.383 (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:383
  1. George Dunea

    George Bernard Shaw, who distrusted doctors, thought that most professions were conspiracies against the laity. He also claimed that most doctors were no more scientific than their tailors—a grossly unfair comparison because tailors generally use English, whereas doctors, rather like their brokers and financial advisers, often speak a jargon nobody else understands. Doctors also share with finance people a passion for ratios and indices—such as the albumin globulin ratio, the thyroid diagnostic index, the Dow or the Footsie. At times, moreover, neither group knows what it is doing. Thus an astonishing number of people trading …

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