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Medicine And The Media

Persuasive fiction, ponderous facts

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:757
  1. Joe Collier, reader in clinical pharmacology
  1. St George's Hospital Medical School, London

    Medicine is full of bizarre, not to say perverse, relationships. The hierarchical structure of clinical firms in hospitals is notorious. How is it possible that in a caring profession the care of our own young is so poor? We have known for years that many junior doctors consider leaving the profession, that demeaning jibes by consultants are commonplace, and that many junior doctors are demoralised but are too frightened to speak out for fear of putting their careers in jeopardy. More bizarre perhaps is the relationship between doctors and patients. Again, how can it be that we have got ourselves into a position in which patients so often …

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