Faking itBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39391.501065.59 (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:997
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
Sometimes I wake in a sweat having dreamt that my school exam papers have been marked again, and it has been determined that I failed. As a result, my entry to medical school was invalid and the rest of my subsequent career fraudulent. I shall have to begin my life all over again.
This is a common dream, of course, though I am not sure whether in my case it signifies general anxiety or is a manifestation of what the great political print artist James Gillray called “the horrors of digestion.” He who eats late at night must expect to fail his exams repeatedly.
One of the most remarkable …