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Letters The Doctor

The real irony of The Doctor

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c482
  1. Jane Moore, general practitioner and GP tutor1
  1. 1Department of General Practice, King’s College Medical School, London SE11 6SP
  1. moore.jane{at}

    Barrett notes the irony for contemporary doctors that, despite the great advances of modern medicine, the “high watermark of public perception represented by Fildes’ The Doctor has long passed.”1 Fildes’ doctor, depicted working in surroundings of abject poverty in the service of humanity, was painted when medical practice could do little to overcome the …

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