Selection of rapid responses
- By: Diane-Marie Campbell, Colin Mackenzie, Zarrin S Siddiqui, Shashi Kiran, Rob J Henderson
When Kallur Sureshs viewpoint was originally published in the BMJ, it sparked off a virtual debate between doctors all over the world via the website (bmj.com). Here is a selection.
Editor—When I trained, the detailed neuroanatomy we studied seemed largely irrelevant to any but neurosurgeons. Now we have computed tomography scans in most hospitals—and those of us in the front line are expected to be able to see at least important abnormalities.
Budding surgeons who struggled with biochemistry and immunology may have wondered about their necessity, but now they work in concert with molecular oncologists and manage their own transplant patients.
How can a psychiatrist refer patients for ECT needing an anaesthetic if they dont know if they are fit for that procedure? And how can they safely prescribe if they have no understanding of drug interactions and physiology?
Possibly the move towards holistic care has gone too far, but