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I’ve always had a fear (and I accept it might be irrational) of becoming fixed in any set way of thinking, the ‘that’s how it’s done’ stance. Practices from 25 years ago, are now looked at (affectionately) as historical fascinomas and the same will be true of what we do now. We do our best in the confines of the present, our immediate philosophical environment, but, we embrace new evidence, adapt accordingly… and evolve.
In a metaphorical (and in one case literal) sense this month’s issue, as well as seeing the return of the full Drugs and Therapeutics section, provides several case studies in evolution.
Clinical practice like any other science is enhanced by absorbing ideas from other specialties. The aviation industry, so often the progenitor of novel ideas, is now influencing medicine with yet another, gaze analysis. The technique, taught to trainee pilots, the central premise of which is that assessment can be improved by training to ‘look’ the way experts do, is the subject of an original research piece and editorial this month. In McNaughten and colleagues’ study, my editor’s choice, trainees’ gaze patterns were …
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