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What is more important? The self-esteem of the doctor, the
satisfaction with his/her work or the health of the patients? I think that
the latter. The idea of evidence-based medicine is unfortunately far from
becoming reality in most parts of the world. Nevertheless, it is on its
way to success at least in some countries. This offers the best currently
known diagnostics and therapy to the patients. Individual separate roads
are important and useful in science, in experiment, not in the usual
clinical medicine. This must be clear to all of us – trained doctors.
Although our work may resemble more and more a cookbook medicine, there is
still a lot of individuality in what we do, maybe too much.
No competing interests
20 August 2004
Institute of Pathophysiology and Department of Molecular Biology