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Academic medicine: who is it for?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:361

Five rescue remedies for academic medicine

  1. William House, general practitioner (,
  2. David Peters, trustee, British Holistic Medical Association
  1. St Augustine's Practice, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2BN
  2. School of Integrated Health, Euston Building, University of Westminster, London W1W 6UW

EDITOR—The big problem for academic medicine is irrelevance. Sewankambo and others rightly call for relevant research—for irrelevance creeps in at every stage of research and teaching, from identifying health problems, conceptualising them, designing ethical research projects, securing funding, and interpreting findings.1 2

When the outcome filters back to clinicians and would-be clinicians it is stamped …

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