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Academic medicine: who is it for?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:360

Wider discussions are needed

  1. Jacqueline M Atkinson, senior lecturer (
  1. Public Health and Health Policy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ

EDITOR—Wright and Wedge contend that the academic freedom of clinical academics is constrained by the primacy of patients' welfare, putting them in a different position to non-clinical academics.1 However, they may be more similar to other academics than they think.

Academic freedom has two aspects: the freedom to research whatever the academic wishes, and the freedom to interpret data free from …

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