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Snake Oil and Other Preoccupations

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:288
  1. Annabel Ferriman (
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    John Diamond

    Vintage UK, £7.99, pp 285

    ISBN 0 099 42833 4

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    Every doctor in the country should mourn the passing of columnist John Diamond, who died of oral cancer in March. Not only was he the scourge of the charlatans in the alternative medicine industry, but he was also the champion of today's embattled medical practitioners, who cannot open a newspaper without reading of yet another heinous crime or error perpetrated by one of their colleagues.

    “We used to like doctors,” he says in this book published posthumously last month. “But that was in the days when there was some communal respect for people who …

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