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Friends in Low Places

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:118
  1. Gene Feder, professor of primary care research and development
  1. Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry

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    James Willis

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £19.95, pp 232

    ISBN 1 85775 404 2

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    Sometimes you have to shout to make yourself heard. This book is an eloquent shout, a polemic from a general practitioner who argues that the world has gone mad. Symptoms of this madness include the over-regulation of professionals—including doctors, nurses, and teachers— ignoring the wisdom and experience they have gathered over the years. The continuing growth of audit and external standards feels oppressive, not only to professionals but also to managers.

    Please raise your hand if you disagree with the previous two sentences. Thought so. If you like to be grabbed by the lapels in this fashion, you won't be …

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