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Where “revalidation” came from

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5316
  1. Anton E A Joseph, retired consultant radiologist, Croydon University Hospital, Croydon, UK
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People using word processing software will have noticed that “revalidation” is not included in their dictionary. Reviewing the etymology, I discovered that revalidation was included in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) only in its 2004 update. However, long before that the General Medical Council had used it in the context of assessing a doctor’s fitness to practise. So who …

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