Views & Reviews The Bigger Picture

My personal mountain

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 05 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:c7472
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

I have finally submitted my doctoral thesis, a mixed methods case study of the first household survey of children and women in Bosnia-Hercegovina since the conflict.

The naive idea that this was merely a spare time project led me a tortuous dance through the bowels of analytical frameworks and the deep dark nights of numbers that never add up, my path dimly lit by the wisdom of an adviser who has seen it all before. I have drunk deeply from the cup of creative prevarication, been humbled by the simplest …

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