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A dose of humility

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3857


Bedlam is more than a medieval psychiatric hospital. It's a metaphor for chaos, confusion, and insanity. Today, when we think of Bedlam, we shake our heads and cluck our tongues at the mayhem of a medieval hospital. But someday, doctors of the future will shake their heads and cluck their tongues at the mayhem of today's hospitals. So let's temper our modern, medical hubris with humility, objectivity, and historicity. Today's modern medical center is tomorrow's Bedlam.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 July 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA