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Dutch system of peer review is different and effective

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1143
  1. Peter Bourdillon, Research fellow (
  1. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London WC2A 3PN

    EDITOR—Much has been written in the past two years about continuing medical education (see the series that began in January last year1), peer review,2 and revalidation.3 Despite this I have not seen any mention of the Dutch system of peer review, which has been running for five years (S van der Baan, conference of the Dutch Ear-Nose-Throat Society, March 1998).

    Each specialist is required to belong to a group of four to eight like-minded specialists,which …

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