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BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:483
  1. M Sudlow

    A certain arrogance is essential here at the front. It's part of surviving. For some people this is about intelligence, for some about experience or common sense. I have always prided myself on my humanity, thinking what it must feel like to be an HGV driver with a myocardial infarction or a boxer with Parkinson's disease, or a retired school teacher with incontinence. This is how it works for me. The books are full of drug doses and diagrams, but the doctor is the human part and his job is to empathise. Hubris has its punishments.

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