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Many congratulations to Professor Trisha Greenhalgh on her tribute
Cochrane’s classic monograph. Having been privileged to know him briefly,
I feel sure that despite his genuine modesty, he would have approved. His
self written BMJ obituary (also a classic) is testament to that.
It is also worth remarking that many of those who opinionate about
the provision of healthcare in the UK have never read it, and in some
cases not even heard of it. It should be compulsory reading. Now is their
chance to improve themselves.
David Crosby. Retired Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales.