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Doctors' Errors and Mistakes of Medicine: Must Health Care Deteriorate?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:58
  1. Neville W Goodman, consultant anaesthetist (
  1. Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Medicine is immersed in an orgy of self doubt. I am reminded of a scene in Bergman's film The Seventh Seal, in which the knight and the squire watch a stream of flagellants walk and crawl past, beating themselves and each other in an attempt to avert the plague. As we beat ourselves, there are some who wish us to whip even harder and a small number who deem us incapable of redemption. There cannot be any among us who still doubt the existence of the plague. …

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