On being wrong

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:857
  1. A Marshall Barr

    In the mid-1950s probably all the students of my year found public health insufferably boring and irrelevant to proper medicine. This was certainly not the fault of the lecturer, a courteous gentleman of at least 55, who urged on us the importance of controlling infectious diseases, and the links between ill health and poverty. One summer afternoon he tried to arouse our interest in society's need to plan for the coming increase in the elderly population. “Shoot them,” I muttered to my neighbour, and we grinned conspiratorially. Why couldn't we skip this rubbish, get out, and enjoy the …

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