Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Falling through the ICE

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5 (Published 05 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b5
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    I don’t like unsolicited advice, and I don’t much believe in the value of lessons or tutors. Advice is mere opinion, and life is about forming our own opinions. Medicine is full of advice, much out of date and the rest impossibly complicated, concealing the fact that it is just plain wrong. But humanity is sustained by being told what to do, so don’t ask intelligent people to actually think—this they are not trained to do. Learning concepts by rote is seen as the concrete foundation …

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