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BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1645
  1. C Douglas

    Pioneers, in medical specialties as elsewhere, are not like the rest to us. It takes vision and a lot more to leave the mainstream, adopt a new cause, and strike out into the unknown. The vision of pioneers is widely recognised. Their other necessary attributes are less frequently dwelt upon.

    Many of them, of course, are pretty odd. I shall now report on an untidy personal and anecdotal series with some examples from my own specialty, the identity of which - at least temporarily - escapes me, and from two other disciplines I know a little about.

    My own specialty is young enough for the pioneers to have survived in some numbers into the 1970s. Its acknowleged founder might …

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