BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:383
  1. Tony Smith

    Critics of the way we live now are agreed that most people are put under some sort of time pressure both in their jobs and their family lives. Certainly this seems true of medicine, with doctors of all kinds complaining that their working days are longer and more frenetic than ever before.

    What, then, about the patients? In the early years of the NHS people admitted to hospital after a heart attack used to spend six weeks resting in bed, with carefully controlled mobilisation; nowadays they are sent home after ten days. People with tuberculosis used to be …

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