Letter

Doctors are not scientists but we still need science

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7460.294-b (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:294
  1. David L J Freed, allergist (private) (dljfreed@doctors.org.uk)
  1. 14 Marston Road, Salford M7 4ER

    Editor—It takes guts for a medical editor to disabuse his readers of their most cherished assumption that doctors are scientists, but it is true that they are not.1

    We doctors like people to think we know what we're talking about, and may be so convincing that we convince ourselves too. …

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