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Doctors in poll position

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7489.487-a (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:487
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    Doctors have the opportunity to turn the gears of medicalisation a notch further: the electorate ought to be medically certified before being allowed to vote.

    There is a staggering number of voters with dementia. Their ranks are growing. It is estimated that by 2015 there will be 15 million people with dementia in the United States alone.

    Not only are people with dementia incompetent to vote, but they are also easily manipulated. The exploitation of such …

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