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Letters Artificial intelligence and doctors

Artificial intelligence may not recognise the nuances of general practice

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 18 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5205
  1. Keith Hopcroft, general practitioner
  1. Laindon Health Centre, Basildon SS15 5TR, UK
  1. keithhopcroft{at}

I agree with Rampton and Spinas’s view that the doctor-patient relationship is so central to medicine—especially primary care—that artificial intelligence (AI) will not make doctors obsolete.1 Their arguments could be strengthened, though, particularly when viewed from the perspective of general practice.

Any practising GP soon realises that patients are often less bothered by …

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