All in the family of medicine

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:488
  1. Syed M Ahmed, associate professor, department of family medicine
  1. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA

    Mr A to Mr B: “I am puzzled. You always make nice comments about Mr C. On the other hand, Mr C always says bad things about you. Why?”

    Mr B to Mr A: “Perhaps because we are both liars.”

    Recently, a close friend told me that another friend, a gastroenterologist, had told him that I “wasted my talent” by becoming a family doctor, who was “a gatekeeper and nothing else.” My feelings were hurt, but I was not surprised. When I chose family medicine, …

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