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February 2010 Br J Cardiol 2010;17:22-3

Publish or perish

Michael Norell

Abstract

‘Twas ever thus. Our progression along the medical career path assumes that we will all contribute to the sum of scientific knowledge – at least to some extent. A senior post in hospital practice has always demanded our name in print in one, or usually more, journals. Indeed the quality and volume of such exposure is often the discriminating factor when shortlisting candidates, all of whom might be otherwise worthy of appointment on the basis of clinical superiority and experience. And yet academia – in its broadest terms – is not something that necessarily appeals to everyone. When applied to our own profession it often prompts the q

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