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Margaret McCartney: Have we given guidelines too much power?

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 06 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6027

Expertise vs. Expertosis

Expertise is a paradox. When experts summit, expertise plummets. With pomp at the podium and arrogance ad nauseam, experts posture at rostrums and lecture at lecterns about nonsense and nostrums that make us dumb and keep us mum. So let's seek more education via simplification and clarification, not self-glorification. Let's avoid experts who are smitten with their smarts, and have expertosis, diplomatosis, academic neurosis, and apotheosis. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 October 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA