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Letters Aviation and patient safety

We cannot go too far in the pursuit of patient safety

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d802
  1. Maurice Conlon, general practitioner1
  1. 1Birmingham B32 2TJ, UK
  1. maurice.conlon{at}

It strikes me that two prime differences exist between pilots and doctors. Firstly, pilots kill their passengers in large very visible batches while doctors kill their patients one at a time; secondly, whereas …

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