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Five futures for academic medicine

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:695

Wine presses of academia produce young wines that don't cellar well

  1. Roger K A Allen, consultant thoracic and sleep physician in private practice (
  1. Spring Hill, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

    EDITOR—Godlee writes that academic medicine lacks vision and leadership in relation to the report from the International campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine.1 2 Universities are no longer intellectual arenas or places of scientific debate. Drug company money salts most departments. Machines can analyse whatever DNA probe until a “significant” correlation is squeezed like grapes in a wine press.The next scientific meeting is only …

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