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Ancient resentments

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:307
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    The comment arched obliquely across the discussion and slightly winded me with its weight of unspoken assumptions: “Of course, nurses are not doctors' handmaidens, you know.” I blinked and spluttered a little as the nursing manager eyed me with a certainty born of our four minute acquaintance. She clearly regarded the comment as justified, not on the basis of any knowledge of my views, but because I was a doctor and therefore likely to oppress nurses. My protestations of innocence were …

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