Soundings

A professional opinion?

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1337a (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1337
  1. Liam Farrell

    A part from my neighbour's rampant hedge of Cupressocyparus leylandii (die, you brutes, die, I find myself screaming), writing medicolegal reports is what I detest more than anything else in this world. It must be the closest thing to medical prostitution (with the honourable exception of executive health screens) that we've got. The bottom line, so to speak, is that if you pay us enough we will say whatever you want us to say, in whatever throaty tone you might desire, and how we interpret a medical history will depend not on our objective medical opinion, but rather on who is …

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