Growing algorithms from seed

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:509
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist, Edinburgh

    A couple of weeks ago, along with half the trade across the United Kingdom, I braced myself for our annual influx of brand new preregistration house officers. Last month's students became, however tentatively, young colleagues on the ward.

    The feast of the innocents passed uneventfully, as it usually does. No serious cause for concern and, as always, a process of sussing out the new batch: who's good, who's worried, who might just turn out to be a worry in …

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