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Orthopaedic surgeons and flaccid liberals

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7393.829/a (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:829
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    It is easy to forget to be in awe of what our colleagues do everyday. As a physician and flaccid liberal I have spent my working life disparaging, in a humorous way (I assumed), the labours of orthopaedic surgeons. But being on the receiving end of their ministrations rekindles a sense of wonder. Injuries that once would have crippled a person for life are now merely minor. Thanks to steel and titanium (and, in my case, …

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