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Trish Greenhalgh: Guiltiest pleasure? Wagner

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 02 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2451

In the latest in its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, the BMJ spoke to the primary healthcare professor and keen cyclist


Trish Greenhalgh leads a double life. On the one hand she is an ardent supporter of evidence based medicine. On the other hand, she has stridently criticised the relentless pursuit and application of research evidence at the expense of considering the patient as an individual. She is professor of primary health care and the dean for research impact at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a GP in north London. A keen cyclist, she recently apologised to her Twitter followers for a period of (relative) silence after falling off and breaking both arms. She is on the mend.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a doctor. I think it began when I saw my elder brother being sick when I was about 3. …

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