Choice

On things not being what they seem

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.0/h (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:h

Galen and our Irish columnist, Liam Farrell, have views in common. “You who are reading these writings,” warns Galen, “must not pass judgement on the whole truth of it unless you have first observed for yourself the things that I have described” (p 1262). Liam—tall, bald, cynical, myopic, and blessed with incredible sexual potency—agrees: “If I can't actually put my fingers in the wounds I don't believe”. Living in the land of saints and scholars, he's scornful of faith.

Readers of the BMJ are trained to be sceptical, and we regularly confess that all our truths are provisional. That's the nature of science. So …

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