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Experts' Eye View

A field guide to experts

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7480.1460 (Published 16 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1460

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Expertise's other half

Thanks, BMJ, for an article on experts written by three men who quote
12 more men, and illustrate their piece using 8 male stereotypes.

Female experts are, perhaps, a different species entirely,
distinguished not by their ties but by their footwear. Here are some
suggestions, to which others will surely add:

The expert in stilettos, whose mission is to sex up her subject:
http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/duncan1.html

The expert in bare feet, who seeks to demystify her subject by
linking it to natural rhythms and bodily functions:
http://www.salon.com/people/bc/1999/06/22/greer/

The expert in court shoes (and matching handbag), who does things her
way and expects the rest of us to follow suit:
http://www.margaretthatcher.org/RECORD/Iron%20Ladies.htm

The expert in football boots, who plays men at their own game before
eating them for breakfast:
http://www.zipworld.com.au/~rocket/unofficial/winnie.htm

And the expert in small, sensible shoes, who can snuggle up to the
big boy driving the boat and whisper the answer in his ear:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condoleezza_Rice

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

19 December 2004
Trisha Greenhalgh
Professor of Primary Health Care
University College London