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How to be Scottish

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7032.713a (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:713
  1. James Owen Drife

    English doctors sometimes remark that British medicine is run by a Scottish mafia (a Macfia, perhaps). I reply that English medicine should count itself lucky and the conversation usually ends there. National pride on both our parts prevents me explaining that anyone can be Scottish if they really want to be.

    Some people, of course, are born Scottish but aspirants should not let this deter them. Nowadays congenital Scots are rarely tall, bony, or red haired and many have a sense of humour. In fact, they seem just like everyone else until they start to speak.

    Achieving Scottishness, like any worthwhile …

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