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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6213
  1. Annabel Ferriman, senior news editor, BMJ
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Nothing divides doctors more than politics. But sometimes unlikely bedfellows emerge. You might think that Iona Heath, former leader of UK GPs, whose politics have always been on the left, would have nothing in common with Mike Dixon, one of the cheerleaders of the UK’s Health and Social Care Act, whose politics have been further to the right. But you would be wrong. They both think that every doctor should be made to read A Fortunate Man by John Berger.

Similarly, you might imagine that Max Pemberton, the 34 year old medical columnist of The Daily Telegraph and scourge of the establishment, would share few opinions with Sir Michael Rawlins, the 72 year old former …

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