Medicine in the time of SARSBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7398.1067 (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1067
- Andrew C F Hui, senior medical officer
- Department of Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China
When asked why they became a doctor, some elite beings may be able to reply, “To make a difference,” with a straight face, but most ordinary mortals find it difficult to articulate their nebulous reasons without feeling awkward or boring the questioner. Why endure long hours, stress at work, indifferent working conditions, abusive patients, and, now, risk of serious infection? To date, a quarter of the 1268 people with severe acute respiratory syndrome …
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