Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

A Christmas lecture

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8021
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

In my first interview for an academic post they asked me why I wanted to be a university lecturer. I said something like, “Well, I like lecturing,” and quickly realised it was the wrong answer. Nobody trusts a smart alec, especially one who enjoys public speaking.

At least my reply was honest, though nowadays that may be hard to believe. Back in the 1970s all you needed for a talk was a set of multicoloured felt tip …

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