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Four difficult questions

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:a

Some difficult questions for you.

Firstly, what would you do if you saw on the face of a 50year old woman on a bus a lesion that you were almost certain was a melanoma? Three quarters of doctors and two thirds of lay people would do nothing (p 252). General practitioners and surgeons were more likely to do nothing than oncologists and doctors without direct contact with patients. The authors describe two similar scenarios and conclude that doctors “feel a need to resist …a trend towards the …

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