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The sins of expertness and a proposal for redemption

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1283

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Another kind of expert

The advancement of science would be fast and best if medical
educators, throughout the world, could act as Prof. Sackett suggests. What is
the stimulus for the development of science if not the unsafeness of the
unknown? And what is more secure than an expert?

The only trouble is that, with this attitude, Prof. Sackett becomes
another kind of expert, an expert in university spirit and in humanity.

Luiz E. Garcez-Leme

Geriatric Department

University of São Paulo, Brazil, School of Medicine

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 May 2000
Luiz Garcez-Leme
Geriatric Department
University of São Paulo School of Medicine