Instant wisdom

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1479
  1. Owen L Wade, former professor of therapeutics and clinical pharmacology
  1. Birmingham.

    This is the first paragraph of a lecture I gave to the Cardiff Medical Society on “Decision making in the glare of publicity.” An abridged version was published in The Scientific Proceedings of the Cardiff Medical Society on 8 January 1974.

    “When I was a student at University College Hospital, London, I was deeply impressed by a story which Thomas Lewis recounted of his early years in London before the first world war. As a young man he was invited to dinner one evening by Sir James Mackenzie, the …

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