Paradoxical medicine

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a565
  1. Sobia Ikram, medical doctor,
  2. M Arfan Ikram, medical doctor ,
  3. M Kamran Ikram, medical doctor, Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  1. m.a.ikram{at}

    Being from a middle class family in Pakistan and studying classic Ayurvedic medicine as a hobby, our maternal grandfather always wanted one of his children to become a medical doctor. For various reasons, mostly financial, this dream never materialised. However, our mother continued to pursue this wish, and eventually three of her children became medical doctors …

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