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Doctors who smoke

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:945
  1. Pete Sudbury, Consultant psychiatrist
  1. Wexham Park Hospital, Slough SL2 4HL

    Why not exclude doctors with other unhealthy habits too?

    EDITOR,--I am encouraged by Simon Chapman's suggestion that doctors who smoke are undesirable in primary care.1 Perhaps it is important that we preserve the fantasy that doctors are fundamentally different from their patients rather than acknowledging that we have all of the same human failings and using our joint experience of imperfection to understand the difficulties we all face in balancing the costs and benefits of our behaviour. We should also …

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