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J R Soc Med. 2004 March; 97(3): 157.
PMCID: PMC1079345

A surgeon replies

It is a pity that one phrase, perhaps a rather inept pleasantry in what was on the whole a friendly and sympathetic review, should have provoked sadness. Of course it's true that the College of Physicians never discovered anything— in contrast to the College of Surgeons which through the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences discovered quite a lot, and accumulated some Nobel Prizewinners.

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