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Teaching medical students about disability

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1440
  1. A R Fielder,
  2. T Marshall
  1. Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, Birmingham B3 2NS Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Birmingham B15 2TT.

    EDITOR, - Alleyna Claxton rightly emphasises that medical education on the special needs of disabled people should start with undergraduates.1 But we need to decide what undergraduates need to know and how that knowledge should be imparted. Furthermore, because students learn much in medical schools that is instantly forgotten once the exams are over we need to show that doctors have a positive role in their work with disabled people, so that at least some of what is learnt is likely to be retained.

    The most important message to impart is that the traditional model of diagnosis-treatment- cure is …

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