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Both knowledge and compassion are needed

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1657
  1. Stephen Browne
  1. General practitioner, Ash Tree Medical Centre, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NP.

    EDITOR,—Kenneth Calman calls for a full debate on the purpose of medicine and its basic values and a continuing review of medical education, emphasising diagnosis and high ethical standards.1 Western medicine, classed as a caring profession from the fourth century to the present day, owes a great debt to the Christian faith and individual Christians for its caring tradition and its progress.2

    Dr Thomas Sydenham (1624-89) has …

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