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Why doctors don't read research papers

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7479.1411-a (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1411
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner

I have always rather liked mathematics. Patterns that are in no way discernible by intuition fall out with burning clarity when put under the lens of its methods. However, despite my awe, I find certain areas difficult. In particular I'm suspicious of algebra with its sleight of hand transformations of one thing into another. I see it this evening while watching my daughter doing her school prep. She obtains a simple formula, cranks the mechanical handle of algebraic …

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