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Views And Reviews

Talking about drug treatments

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 19 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:796
  1. T Greenhalgh

    Most of our professional lives are conducted within spitting distance of a computer. Rote learning of large amounts of information is an obsolete skill, replaced in some of us by the ability to assess the relevant database on the appropriate machine. The term “data protection” generally refers to an individual's right to see and amend computer held information about himself or herself. But neither the law nor any other mechanism can yet protect us from the mountains of data which fall unsolicited into our hands everywhere from the supermarket checkout to our own front doormats. In the age of the fax, the modem, and high technology …

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