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Letters Lessons from the front line

Difficult behaviour can protect patients

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 22 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5314
  1. Christoph Lees, consultant in obstetrics and fetal maternal medicine
  1. Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London W12 0HS, UK
  1. christoph.lees{at}

Discussing medical malpractice, Sokol says, “Insight can be defined as the ability to understand intellectually and emotionally why a behaviour is wrong.”1

Insight cannot be defined in such a dichotomous way—“wrong” is invariably defined by those in positions of authority. As a mentor to doctors in …

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