Observations Medicine and the media

German doctors: public enemy number one?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39217.672500.59 (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1087
  1. Annette Tuffs, freelance journalist
  1. Heidelberg
  1. ATuffs{at}web.de

    A doctor turned journalist in Germany has spilled the beans on his former profession—in a book serialised by a popular newspaper with a readership of millions. Annette Tuffs records the fallout

    The trains are often late and dirty, the post has become unreliable, and teachers tend to be lazy. In Germany it has become a profitable sport to collect outrageous anecdotes about public institutions and publish them in cheap paperback form. Now it's the turn of the medical profession.

    First there was the Bahnhasserbuch (Railways Hate Book) published for readers wanting to vent their fury about the train service, then Posthasserbuch (Post Hate Book) as well as Lehrerhasserbuch (Teacher Hate Book) for frustrated parents and pupils. A few weeks ago Das Ärztehasserbuch: Ein Insider packt aus …

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