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The path of non-conformity

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5036 (Published 07 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5036

Don't forget the disaffected


Sadly, the professions are Procrustean beds of peer pressure and neophobic conformity. This is counter-productive because art and science advance by dissension, as well as consensus. So let's stop cloning the status quo, and instead promote real progress by including the disaffected, because they understand that peer pressure is an impediment to progress and conformity is a deformity.


Competing interests: No competing interests

07 August 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA