Views & Reviews From the Frontline

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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6694
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I love the internet: it is a useful tool to obtain music, films, and research papers and for sending messages. But I hate its latest manifestations, such as social networking, and I can’t be bothered to tweet twaddle. As for Facebook, I am lucky, because I have three actual friends and no interest in 1000 virtual ones. Technology is now a weapon to assault traditional social interactions and to undermine the fundamental importance of eyes and ears to assess honesty.

Likewise I loved early medical computing software: legible, searchable, auditable, and then paperless. These quick small programs on …

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