Career Focus

Briefing

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.3a (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3a-7193

Having a portfolio career is a vogue concept, but it is at least a century old. The 19th century Russian playwright and physician Anton Chekhov wrote: “You advise me not to pursue two hares and abandon the practice of medicine, but I feel more contented when I realise I have two professions not one. Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress. When I grow weary of one, I pass the night with the other. Neither suffers from my infidelity.”

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