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The fallibility of memory: a natural experiment

Peter C Arnold
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (11): 649.

Much has been written about false memories — memories that are a distortion of an actual experience, or a confabulation of an imagined one. Memory and its reliability or otherwise have profound implications for us all, not only in our daily lives, but clinically and medicolegally. How often does a medical negligence or misconduct allegation boil down to “he said, she said” evidence?

Peter C Arnold, BSc, MB BCh, BA, Former General Practitioner
Edgecliff, NSW.

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