Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Doctors’ children

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2167 (Published 06 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2167
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

Doctors’ children were treated differently: primary school teachers never shouted at the doctors’ children. In fairness they were well behaved and studious. They were always chosen for the quiz teams, even though I had better general knowledge. Doctors’ children flaunted their wealth: they wore Kickers shoes, Wrangler jeans, and Levi jackets. They got the best Saturday jobs at Woolies and Boots, while the rest of us were left the piecework of picking potatoes and gutting fish. At medical school, doctors’ geeky offspring were everywhere and were …

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