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Mathematics is everywhere

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3793
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
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    “He’s the man with the funny ties who does Channel 4 news isn’t he?” My house officer looked somewhat anxious after uttering these words, seeing the crestfallen look on the professor’s face indicating that this wasn’t the answer he was expecting when asking about John Snow, the father of epidemiology and discoverer of the cause of cholera.

    We all have our favourite questions when teaching; and, against much modern educational theory, these often tend to be the ones people get wrong. How much radiation is a patient exposed to for each chest x ray …

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