Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1127
  1. Helen Roberts, professor of child health, City University, London

    I met a clever young doctor at a party recently who had read for a philosophy degree after graduating in medicine. “A degree in medicine is like doing 27 GCSEs,” she explained—further intellectual challenge was needed.

    This month, the most prestigious literary award in Canada, the Giller Prize, previously won by Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood, went to a young accident and emergency physician, Vincent Lam, for a book of linked short stories. He is reported as saying that …

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