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Time to put place based rivalry to rest

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 13 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4774
  1. Giles Maskell, radiologist
  1. Truro, UK
  1. gilesmaskell{at}

No one is, by definition, a better doctor because they work at a particular site

Nowadays remembered as the title of a 1980s US TV drama, when I was at medical school “St Elsewhere” was a disparaging term used to describe hospitals that we considered inferior to our own. That is to say, pretty much all other hospitals. One of the less savoury aspects of our not-so-hidden curriculum was a disdain bordering on contempt for those less fortunate individuals who worked or studied in places other than our own.

This was expressed in various ways. I remember being told that a particular patient had been assaulted …

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