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Vote, vote, vote for …

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

“We therefore appeal with all the emphasis in our power to those who have not yet voted to do so without an hour's delay.” So said the BMJ in 1897 (p 1245), exhorting doctors to vote in General Medical Council election. The journal bemoaned low turnouts and said that it made “the cause of direct representation appear weak, indeed almost ridiculous.” Democracy depends on people voting. That's one thing politicians can agree about. Next week Britain has a general election, and we have been besieged by people wanting to …

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