Young doctors, old lawyers

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1273
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    When it comes to choosing a doctor, or for that matter a lawyer, age is clearly one of the determining factors. An old saying on this subject, “old lawyers and young doctors,” would suggest that doctors should be young, enthusiastic, brimming with energy, but that lawyers are at their best when they are older, more seasoned, and more experienced.

    Anthony Trollope addresses this subject (from the perspective of choosing a lawyer) in one his lesser known novels, Orley Farm …

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