Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Medicine—a victim of fashion?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1709
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I knew what I wanted to study at university and didn’t want to see the careers officer, but I had to go. He looked at my grades, and it was clear that the geek alarm bells had started ringing in his mind. “So you want to do medicine? It is very demanding,” he said. “Have you considered law or accountancy?” An imaginary pistol was cocked against my temple. “No,” I replied, “I am sure I want to be a doctor.” I worked to …

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