Views & Reviews From the Frontline

A conspiracy of anonymity

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 07 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f32
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

“How do you think of something to write every week?” someone asks.

Someone helpfully replies for me: “He doesn’t. He just rearranges the same one.”

Many a true word said in jest. But the themes of medicine are constant in time and geography. They are important but abstract, and completely ignored in medical education: doctoring is about reading people, knowing when to listen and act but also knowing when not to listen and not to act. At its core, doctoring is the willingness and …

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