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Jobs for the boys

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1276
  1. Wendy Moore, freelance writer and author, London
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    Climbing the greasy medical career ladder used to be so much simpler. Before the advent of tedious form-filling, maddening technical hitches, and the unseemly scramble for too few posts, obtaining a plum job for life was governed by an application system that everyone could understand: nepotism.

    For centuries, all that was needed for an aspiring trainee physician or surgeon to secure a lucrative countryside practice or a top post at an eminent teaching hospital were the right family connections. In a spirit of continuity only equalled by The Forsyte …

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