Views & Reviews From the Frontline

A life more ordinary

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:672
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I have met a few celebrities—musicians and actors with extraordinary talent—and was always struck by just how ordinary they seemed. How did they become so talented? Through hard work and luck, you might think, but it seems that most “could just do it.”

    Medicine is like that. There is some hard work and luck, but like most doctors I was born wearing spectacles, never needing any tutors or additional lessons. I could just do it. However, I have failings: remembering people’s names, finding …

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