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Benchmarking the turf

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:836
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    Many years ago, a small child was dropped to play at our house by a very snobby grandmother. As she left, she asked, “You’re not going to take him across to that park, are you? I’d be happier if you kept him indoors. You see, this isn’t what I would call a ‘good area’”.

    It was true. The entire street was (at the time) occupied by teachers, nurses, academics, and even—perish the thought—a police officer and his wife. We sent our …

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