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Medical heroes

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:111
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    I suppose that, in the age of evidence based medicine, it is somewhat passé to have heroes. Nowadays we believe things in medicine only when there is evidence to do so. Non-medical friends are a little incredulous when I explain the emergence of this startling idea 300 years after the Enlightenment. They presume that all we had before this was prejudice based medicine. And maybe they're right. I remember the culture shock of a London teaching hospital with its …

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