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Margaret McCartney: Forever indebted to pharma—doctors must take control of our own education

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1965

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Education: Pro & Con

Education is a paradox. It informs and conforms us with facts, but it also immerses and rehearses us with minutiae. Enlightened but benighted, and filled with the helium of higher education, our head is in the sky, and our feet barely touch the ground. What should we do? We should treat this heady intoxication with brevity, simplicity, clarity, and humility, since education is not pontification, fabrication, or polysyllabification, but public communication for and with all people - past, present, and future.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 May 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA