How should we rate research?: Pedigree: paternity and progenyBMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7551.1215-a (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1215
- Woody Caan ([email protected]), professor of public health
- Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ
EDITOR—What is meant by quality in health research?1 2 For social scientists, the Economic and Social Research Council detailed multiple problems with American metrics.3 It introduced the concept of esteem: something dynamic and cumulative (not just sitting on public committees). Pondering what is admirable, I propose two assessments, both stemming from encountering the health scientist I most “esteemed”: Peter Medawar.4 These same qualities were …
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