A doctor ponders, a journalist reveals

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:g

BMJ editors are part doctors part journalists. The doctor in me reads this week's journal and reflects on how hard medicine is becoming and how increasingly it is about unglamorous treatment of elderly patients with chronic disease. The journalist in me wonders about the implications of the revelation that medical students are performing intimate examinations on anaesthetised patients without consent (p 97).

Medicine comes first. A group from Newcastle have been trying to stop elderly patients with dementia who have fallen from falling again (p 73). The 274 patients were assessed by doctors, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, …

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