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I fully concur with the need to make all areas of medicine accessible
to generalists and students. However the portrayal of neurologists as
'bores' or 'village elders' interested only in esoteric conditions is like
all stereotypes, misleading and unfair. Neurologists are responsible for
many of the advances in the understanding of the common neurodegenerative
conditions outlined elegantly elsewhere in this journal. I am amazed that
the BMJ can rigorously apply the standards of evidence based medicine, yet
allow the pages of its review section to be used as a vehicle for such
blatant personal prejudice.