Reviews SOUNDINGS

The good old days

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7456.59-a (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:59
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    After I started in general practice I worked a one-in-two night rota for 12 years. By the end, I was thoroughly burnt out and had so little empathy left that I could sit through Spencer Tracy's death scene in Captains Courageous without blubbering. I hated being called out of bed and calling me was as pointless as Tantalus's mother shouting, “Come on, son, eat your dinner.” My only remaining virtues were sarcasm and lust, my only emotions apathy and self …

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