Good advice?BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7354.51/a (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:51
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
To paraphrase La Rochefoucauld, “There is something in the misfortune of other doctors that is not entirely unpleasant.” Just as with a tip for the horses, the responsibility for advice lies not with the donor but with the recipient; words are cheap, and ultimately it's your choice whether to act on them or not.
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