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BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:910
  1. Christopher Martyn. (
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    A paper in this week's BMJ (p 870) describes some of the difficulties that doctors experienced when they tried to implement a screening programme to detect people who might have been drinking too much alcohol. One was discomfort with the inquisitorial and judgmental role that they had to play. Quite right, too. In the last analysis of occupational mortality in the United Kingdom, the medical profession was second only to publicans and veterinarians for …

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