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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:888
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
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    As an academic you can become typecast. Your series of papers on, say, the left uterine artery leads to presentations at the European Uterine Society and the International Artery Association. Your talk at local medical meetings is “The left uterine artery: who needs it?” Your lecture for undergraduates is “The crazy world of the left uterine artery.” Sooner or later you get bored and want to speak about something else.

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