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Opening the Chamber of secrets: our response to “The end of the beginning”
  1. S H Till1,
  2. M E Batt2
  1. 1Department of Rheumatology, Royal Hallamshire, Glossop Road, Sheffield, UK;
  2. 2Centre for Sports Medicine, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Till
 Department of Rheumatology, Royal Hallamshire, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK; s.h.till{at}

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The importance of exercise medicine and its impact on public health has been recognised by sports medicine physicians in Britain

This is a formal response to the editorial, “The end of the beginning”, published by the editor of this journal in January of this year.1

The year 2006 heralds a new dawn for those in Britain working in sport and exercise medicine (SEM). We now have a combined single professional organisation, we are looking forward to six years of planning the 2012 London Olympics, and, perhaps most importantly, we have now been recognised as the newest medical specialty by the Department of Health. The excitement of these developments was palpable at BASEM’s 2005 congress in Edinburgh. Imagine therefore our surprise that the first BJSM editorial of 2006 talks in such negative tones about the state of philosophical readiness of those of us engaged …

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