Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The art of deception

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5889 (Published 02 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5889
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

Everyone lies. In their CVs, job applicants always were the captain of the football, hockey, or something-else team at school; played three musical instruments, normally at the same time; enjoyed debating; were head boy or girl; and had also done good work in Africa (a continent overflowing with poorly constructed toilet blocks built by hapless, unskilled, never-made-a-bed teenagers). Truths, half truths, and lying are the stock and trade of life. I am always sceptical of what is written until I can eyeball the …

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