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Whither medicine? The expansion of non-doctor practice

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (11): 634-635.
Published online: 6 December 2010

It is time for the medical profession to stand up

Some 60 years ago, Lord “Tommy” Horder, the doyen of British physicians of that time, addressed a meeting on the theme “Whither medicine?”.1 He suggested that a visitor from Mars would have found such a question incomprehensible and would have responded, “Why, whither else than straight ahead ...” It was a time when the role of doctors was unambiguous: to care for patients and draw upon their scientific and clinical training to promote the “forging [of] still more weapons with which to conquer disease ...”

  • Martin B Van Der Weyden

  • The Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: medjaust@ampco.com.au

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