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Doctors: still disorganised but still trusted

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7288.0/a (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:a

Last week I received a letter from a 9 year old boy who said he'd always wanted to be a doctor but now wasn't sure because he read so many bad stories about doctors. What did I advise? I answered that to become a doctor was still one of life's greatest privileges, and I tried to explain why. But to read this week's BMJ is to read about a great profession struggling to find its way in the modern world.

Not that it's new. “One thing is certain,” wrote Centurion to the BMJ 100 …

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