Reserve may be just another word for cowardiceBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7137.1089 (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1089
- R G Choa, Retired consultant urologist
- Nuffield Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8BG
EDITOR—I was appointed as the second urologist in Plymouth at the age of 36. When I was 38 I became ill, and Parkinson's disease was diagnosed.
I carried on working for nearly three years and kept my diagnosis a secret from everyone except my fellow urologist and some close friends, because I thought I would have no credibility as a surgeon if it were made public. Apart from thinking, somewhat altruistically, that I would be able to continue to be of some help to my patients, I also thought that as long as I was able to maintain my standards I did not need to …