Rigid following of dogma will not be best for all patientsBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7171.1525a (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1525
- Andrew Ross, Course organiser.,
- David Taylor, Course organiser
- South Birmingham Vocational Training Scheme, Postgraduate Centre, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham B29 6JD
EDITOR—As general practitioners who run a training scheme we found the series “Getting research findings into practice” thought provoking.1 The most difficult part of general practice is arriving at a diagnosis, and the articles seem to start after the crucial decisions of general practice have been taken, after the art has been practised.
In 1948 Ryle wrote: “The three main tasks of the clinician are diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Of these diagnosis is by far the most important, for upon it the …