Choice

Two unlike people

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7154.0g (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:g

Popular newspaper editors always chose human over abstract stories. People like reading about people, and doctors are no different. Yet modern medical journals lack stories about people. Case reports, which are increasingly rare anyway, are not about people but about cases: you usually learn more about their serum biochemistry than about them as people. This issue of the journal is thusunusual in having information on two people running through the journal. Even more unusually one is a clear “goody” and the other a “baddy.” Gro Harlem Brundtland is seen as the saviour of …

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