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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Talking about a revolution

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2793
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner
  1. 1Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Medicine is glamorous. Overheard hushed voices talk about how clever we are: white coats, serious expressions, high pay, and respect. So medicine can be a draw for the vain, motivated by status not duty. But medicine is harsh, full of late nights, uncertainty, doubt, and blame. Even evidence based medicine informs but the merest part of our work, just a plastic tarpaulin in the wild storms of clinical practice. Medicine is a job of attitude not bookish learning, of emotion not logic. We still select …

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