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Can you trust your clinical guidelines?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4003 (Published 21 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4003
  1. Edward Davies, US news and features editor, BMJ
  1. edavies{at}bmj.com

In the 2500 or so years since Hippocrates and his followers penned the first medical guidelines, things have come a long way. “Do no harm” is a reasonable starting point, but a physician treating just about any disease imaginable could do with, and indeed can now call on, a little more help than that.

And so guidelines are rightly ubiquitous. The collating of research, sharing of experience and dissemination of best practice are …

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