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A week for hedgehogs over foxes

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.0 (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” These words, from the Greek poet Achilochus, are quoted by Isaiah Berlin on p 1859. Nobody can be sure what Achilochus meant, but Berlin thinks that they may “mark one of the deepest differences which divide writers and thinkers, and, it may be, human beings in general.” The BMJ caters for both foxes and hedgehogs, but big problems, mostly unsolved, are prominent in this week's issue.

One big problem is knowing how to treat patients with acute traumatic brain injury, …

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