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Seven guidelines of wisdom

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7245.1349/a (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1349
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Doctors are expected to be wise. Nowadays people can access knowledge without our help. They want more from us than just correct decision making, and we expect wisdom of one another. The commonest complaint about doctors in trouble is that they lack insight.

    Yet we receive no training in wisdom. We assume that it is randomly distributed and partly genetic, like musical ability. Over the past six years the BMJ has published only 13 papers with …

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