Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The lives of others

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2209 (Published 17 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2209
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo@yahoo.co.uk

Doctors are good students. We get used to people telling us how clever we are. At university we are considered an elite group. And because many medical students are privileged we do not need to work in lowly positions, as many other young people do. When we graduate our career path is secure and distinct. We marry within the profession. Then come more exams, titles, and gongs to puff up our status. Doctors’ experience of life is different and separate. This is our professional curse. It’s no one’s fault; it’s just the way it …

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