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Rigid following of dogma will not be best for all patients

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1525
  1. Andrew Ross, Course organiser.,
  2. David Taylor, Course organiser
  1. South Birmingham Vocational Training Scheme, Postgraduate Centre, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham B29 6JD

    EDITOR—As general practitioners who run a training scheme we found the series “Getting research findings into practice” thought provoking.1 The most difficult part of general practice is arriving at a diagnosis, and the articles seem to start after the crucial decisions of general practice have been taken, after the art has been practised.

    In 1948 Ryle wrote: “The three main tasks of the clinician are diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Of these diagnosis is by far the most important, for upon it the …

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