Betraying clinicians?

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

A spirited polemic in the Quarterly Journal of Medicine argues that the BMJ has fallen into the hands of statisticians, economists, management consultants, ethicists, lawyers, and the like and betrayed clinicians (QJM 1998;91:371). Those who agree may not like this issue of the journal because such people feature heavily.

The editors of the BMJ are mostly medically trained, and we can empathise with the polemic. All doctors have a romantic notion of what it means to be a doctor. Many British doctors, for instance, remember Sir Luke Fildes's famous picture of a doctor treating a …

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