Illiteracy is not just a historical: phenomenon

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1349-a (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1349
  1. Mark S MacGregor, specialist registrar1 (Mark.MacGregor2@northglasgow.scot.nhs.uk),
  2. Margaret-Mary Gordon, consultant rheumatologist2
  1. 1Renal Unit, Walton Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF
  2. 2Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow G12 0YN

    Editor—West suggests that doctors' reluctance to copy letters to patients is an anachronism stemming from the fact that patients were often illiterate in the 18th and 19th centuries.1

    Glasgow Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital, whose local catchment population is one of the most …

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