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How can doctors possibly keep in touch with all they need to know?

By Geoff Watts   January 1998

Medicine and gardening have much in common, and the parallels in the accumulation and use of knowledge can be illuminating. Years of listening to Gardeners’ Question Time have left me humbled at the breadth of the learning of some gardeners. I will never know how many species of plant are native to this country, but the panellists know them all.

They know what kind of soil each plant prefers, how much light, what temperature, when it should be bedded out, when fertilised, if and by how much it needs pruning and what insects victimise it. And they seem to have…

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