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Rebuilding the front line

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 28 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2401

Rx for NHS

Physicians who reflexively blame themselves or their patients for poor clinical outcomes are overlooking other possibilities. While it is true that some physicians make mistakes and that some patients don’t cooperate, it is equally true that medical science is imperfect and that some treatment plans simply don’t work. This is why physicians often don’t enjoy better health than their patients. So disappointed or disaffected physicians and patients should learn to question the underlying philosophy and science of the medical profession.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 April 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA