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Would you advise anyone to become a doctor?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2739 (Published 25 November 2008)
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  1. Deborah Cohen, features editor, BMJ
  1. dcohen{at}bmj.com

    “This is my granddaughter—she’s a doctor,” my grandfather told his mates in the pub. I didn’t have the heart to correct him and tell them that I was no longer a real doctor working on the frontline and making crucial decisions. He still refuses to admit that as a journalist I’ve slipped from near godliness to somewhere beneath estate agents (with whom he has newfound sympathy), lawyers, and now bankers on the social scale. Needless to say, he’s not a doctor, and to him medicine is still the ultimate …

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