Views & Reviews From the Frontline

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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 23 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f418
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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As a general practitioner I am often accused of not being in a position to pass comment on specialist medical care. This is nonsense. I consult on psychiatry, rheumatology, diabetes, and the rest every day. I don’t pass comment on table tennis, wrestling, butterfly collecting, street dance, opera, fashion, Morris dancing, or Peter Andre, because I have no interest in or direct knowledge of these. You need to know something, of something, to say something.

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