Soundings Soundings

Imaginary conversations

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7339.745/a (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:745
  1. George Dunea, attending physician.
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    We did not think much of most of our chiefs, our attending physicians at the hospital. We thought they were boring, irritating, old. “Would you like to end up like him?” asked one of my fellow residents one day, as we trudged behind the old man on ward rounds that seemed interminable on hot afternoons, when the beach offered a much more attractive alternative. “Most certainly not,” I replied, with absolutely no doubt in my mind.

    Sometimes we …

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