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Letters Rules of conscience

BMJ’s poor portrayal of issues

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2190
  1. Susanne Iqbal, chartered clinical psychologist1,
  2. Philip Skogstad, consultant clinical and forensic psychologist1
  1. 1Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge CB21 5EF
  1. susanne.iqbal{at}

    The headline on the cover of the BMJ’s 16 May issue, “Interrogating detainees: why psychologists participate and doctors don’t,” is, at best, an example of poor communication. It violates Grice’s maxims of good communication: avoid obscurity of expression, make your contribution one that is true, and be sufficiently informative. At worst, …

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