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Looking for landmarks

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:883
  1. T Smith

    One of the satisfactions I gained from this year's summer cruise along the southern coast of Norway was getting to know the landmarks - the lighthouses, the stone towers built on isolated rocky islets, the patch of rock painted white at Risor so that it is visible 20 miles away. These are landmarks in sailors' terms, distinctive features which enable them to recognise whereabouts they are when they reach the coast after a long voyage.

    Landmark as a metaphor in medicine has come to mean advances that represent a substantial change in knowledge or technique, and this month I am trying to decide the highlights of the past five years. The growth of …

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