Reviews Book

The Trouble with Doctors: Fashions, Motives and Mistakes

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:55
  1. Phil Hammond, writer, comedian, and resting doctor (
  1. Bristol

    Every generation of doctors needs a book that makes us stand back from the edge and question what we do. For me it was Peter Skrabanek and John McCormick's Follies and Fallacies in Medicine. For previous generations it was Ivan Illich's Limits to Medicine that rattled the cage, though neither book is as funny as the 100 year old tirade in the preface to George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma. I was hoping Ann Dally's book would be the latest addition to a satirical audit trail going back to Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire and before, but it doesn't quite fit the …

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