With luck, good doctors make a difference

Michael A. Weingarten

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The luckiest general practitioners work in an ideal environment with a perfect patient population, their clinical intuitions are always correct, theyjace difficulties with total equanimity, and they get on with all their patients. In the real world one needs a lot of luck for things to go right. This paper applies the philosophical concept of 'moral luck' to the world of general practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-962
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number497
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Intuition
  • Luck
  • Physician-patient relations


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