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Future Options for General Practice

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7036.985 (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:985
  1. Christopher Watkins

    Ed Geoff Meads Radcliffe, pounds sterling16.50, pp 232 ISBN 1 85775 079 9

    There is a distinction between invention and innovation, which June Huntington illustrates in her chapter by quoting from Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline:

    that cold clear morning…when the fragile aircraft of Wilbur and Orville Wright proved that powered flight was possible. Thus was the airplane invented; but it would take more than thirty years before commercial aviation could serve the general public. Engineers say that a new idea has been ‘invented’ when it is proven to work in the laboratory. The idea becomes an ‘innovation’ only when it can be replicated …

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