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Medicine is not a club

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:861
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    There is a small hospital in Drogheda in Ireland, where, between 1974 and 1998, 188 peripartum hysterectomies were performed, most of them caesarean hysterectomies, and most by the same doctor; most obstetricians would carry out less than 10 in their whole career.

    That a doctor should deviate from normal practice is not exceptional; we can all get set in our ways, and nowadays change occurs so rapidly that it is easy to fall behind. But …

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