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Clinical guidelines may obviate need for thought

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:706
  1. Dominic Heaney
  1. General medical senior house officer I Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT

    EDITOR,—Having read Brian Hurwitz's editorial considering the fate of doctors who deviate from clinical guidelines and how they might fare in court,1 I thought that the everyday reality of clinical guidelines as seen from the perspective of a senior house officer might be of interest. Clinical guidelines are usually issued by specialist departments as an aid to staff. The number of guidelines gradually proliferates: most hospitals …

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