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Rapid response to:

Education And Debate Complexity science

Coping with complexity: educating for capability

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:799

Rapid Response:

Intuition and Evidence

Dear Sir,

We have enjoyed your last four reviews on the subject of complexity in
medicine. We have also, though painful at times, found much of interest
throughout your series so far in the many references made to governmental

We also find, like the authors of your latest review, the Times Higher
Educational Supplement to be a great source of vernacular reportage. We
will endeavour, in our centre of evidence-based dermatology, to seek out
reference number twelve in this weeks review "Intuition and evidence-
uneasy bedfellows." Most important of all though, is that we would like to
express our incandescent excitement at the prospect of your fifth and
final review in next weeks BMJ where you will no doubt get to grips with
the evidence (reference 1) for such intuition. Thank you once again for
such insightful and scientifically well-argued post-modern irony.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Smethurst.

1)Power laws: Are Hospital waiting lists self-regulating? Smethurst DP,
Williams HC. Nature 410: 652-3. Apr 4 2001.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 October 2001
Dominic Smethurst
Clinical Research Fellow
Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology