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The Unmasking of Medicine

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:619
  1. James Curran, GP locum, Glasgow
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In 1980 the medicolegal expert Ian Kennedy presented the BBC Reith lectures, the basis for this book. His aim was to “ask some questions about the way medicine is thought of and practised and to offer some ways of responding to what I perceive are problems.”

The Unmasking of Medicine covers a range of topics that were, and still are, important to the practice of medicine in the United Kingdom. Kennedy describes a situation where modern medicine had reached its pre-eminent position in society as a result of …

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