Reviews Soundings

Goodbye Vesalius

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7282.373/a (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:373
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    They were not humble. Their subject, they told us, was by far the most ancient of medical sciences yet still the foundation of all modern clinical practice.

    They were not, however, all-powerful. Their curricular time had just been cut from 900 to 500 hours: a setback they bore with fortitude, simply teaching the same stuff almost twice as fast. But they were still, they told us quietly as exams loomed, the gatekeepers of medicine. No …

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