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Old dogs and new tricks

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1730
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

    Among the obvious privileges of medical training is the exposure it affords to information and ideas that would otherwise be difficult to corral under a single heading. Inevitably this knowledge is patchy and disjointed, and too much of it has to be crammed—more to satisfy examiners than to aid patients. But these downsides are greatly outweighed by the genuinely fascinating aspects.

    It would, for example, require a peculiarly closed mind not to be intrigued by the concept of learnt helplessness, a staple feature of any …

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