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The dark side of medicine

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

Last week the General Medical Council, the body that regulates British doctors, ruled that two surgeons from Bristol were guilty of continuing to operate on children with heart defects when they knew their death rates were unacceptably high (p 1691). In addition, a doctor manager was found guilty of failing to stop the operations after he had been alerted to the high mortality. This case has sent nothing short of an earthquake through British medicine, and the reverberations are likely to be felt for years. Many of the pieces in this issue …

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