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A monopoly on knowledge is bad for patients

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 20 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2254
  1. Roger Weeks, medical informatist and retired GP
  1. Keep me Informed Ltd, Surbiton KT6 6LQ, UK
  1. roger{at}

Patients and their doctors should be grateful to deBronkart for highlighting the lack of access to new information about illnesses.1 Clearly the advice of Abigail Adams to her president and husband, John Adams, has been ignored not just in the US but worldwide. The unlimited power of academics with a monopoly on knowledge is unchanged. The delivery of such knowledge to patients (and their doctors) at …

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