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Views And Reviews

A Bit on the Side

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1173
  1. J Collier

    Paul Halloran, Mark Hollingsworth Simon and Schuster, pounds sterling12.99, pp 231 ISBN 0–671–71350–7

    It is often hard to know why one trusts some people and suspects others. In a close personal relationship the reasons are usually more obvious because there will have been time to observe, to confide, and to match words with deeds. With a patient, there is a chance to question and requestion, to check with relatives, to examine, and to perform sensitive tests. But in more distanced relationships, as for instance with a business or committee colleague or perhaps a politician, there may be little tangible on which to base judgment.

    Nevertheless, judgments must be made, and at some point one …

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