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Doctors rank myocardial infarction as most “prestigious” disease and fibromyalgia as least

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39349.486493.47 (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:632
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Fibromyalgia and anxiety neurosis are the illnesses with the lowest prestige among doctors, according to a survey of Norwegian doctors.

    The survey found that heart attacks top the prestige league, closely followed by leukaemia, and that neurosurgery is regarded as the most prestigious specialty (Social Science & Medicine doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.07.003).

    “Results show that there exists a prestige rank order of diseases as well as of specialties in the medical community,” write the authors. “Our interpretation of the data is that diseases and specialties associated …

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