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The printing on the wall

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1107
  1. J O Drife

    Graffitology (the study of graffiti) is now an established subdiscipline of the social sciences, but little attention has been paid to its medical equivalent. Hospital staff, too well behaved to write on walls but nonetheless keen on self expression, decorate their working environment with posters and newspaper cuttings. Their efforts are the subject of the emerging science of bluetackology.

    Only selected walls are used. Operating theatres are free of plaques saying YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE - BUT IT HELPS!!! and consulting rooms are usually bare in hospital, though not in the community. In a health …

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