Personal statement syndrome

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1083
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College London

    My friend's 12 year old son wanted to give up music lessons. Sure, said his dad, but tell me why. Didn't he like the teacher? Was there too much pressure? Had he stopped enjoying the violin? “Dad,” replied the child, “I never liked music, but I reckon I'm good enough now to put it on my CV.”

    Last month, I attended a school concert and heard a 17 year old play a concerto by …

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