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Protecting children

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:f

At medical school you learn that paediatricians are gentle souls of infinite patience. They inhabit the most colourful wards in a hospital, and they never wear white coats. They care for children, which perfectly fits the rose-tinted vision that still encourages many students to take up the profession. They are mostly short, but some are quite tall. At medical school, paediatrics looks to be an attractive career. Yet one branch of this specialty has become unpopular, and it is the branch that attracts the most media attention.

Child protection work, argues David Hall (p 293), is …

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