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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7058.670 (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:670
  1. Jeff Aronson

    Old chestnuts

    Interviewing prospective senior house officers recently took us six hours. We asked the usual questions about careers and “Calmanisation” and sometimes asked about outside interests. One applicant's resume recorded an interest in “unusual novels.” What were they? He told us—“Carlos Castenada.” Had he known the origin of the surname he might have got it right.

    Carlos Castaneda is an anthropologist who has written several books about the Yaqui Indians of southwest California and their use of peyote (Lophophora williamsii), Jimson weed (Datura stramonium), …

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