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Everything bad is good for you

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:600
  1. Kieran Walsh, clinical editor (
  1. BMJ Learning

    There is no shortage of complaints from doctors these days about dumbing down. Consultants complain that they can't trust their registrars any more, and registrars say that foundation year doctors don't get enough experience and don't know what they're doing. And grumpy old men everywhere complain that exam results don't mean what they used to. But what objective evidence do we have that medicine is being dumbed down? The truth is that …

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