Views & Reviews Outside the box

Barefoot doctor

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1168
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    Nothing is more flattering to the precious academic ego than being asked to be the subject of someone's dissertation. I have had walk-on parts in several MSc theses—chiefly in the role of (assumed) “opinion leader” in some topic or other, and an enlightened PhD student from the Netherlands once gave me a star part in her study of female role models in medicine.

    Here's the latest request. My brother in law, an enthusiastic gardener with retirement looming, has signed up for a distance learning course on horticultural design. …

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