Professional courtesy

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:797
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    I sometimes wonder if people are getting angrier. A few years ago I came across some old BMJs and I was struck by how courteous the correspondence was. Doctors disagreed but they were polite about it. These days I sometimes read the letters and wonder if the correspondence really is about hypertension or whether the researcher somehow insulted the correspondent's wife. It may be because of the changed mode of communication. The actual letter—the thing with a …

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