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BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1541
  1. Colin Douglas

    So you want to be a doctor? Good. We too want you to be a doctor and we wish you well. If we can just get through the next half hour together without a major mishap we are well on your way. Please try to help as much as you can.

    You are not the first this morning. You are actually the fifth. My colleague and I have listened for two hours with varying degrees of boredom and irritation to gabbled litanies of irrelevant clinical history and inconsequential negative findings. We have endured lists of unlikely diagnoses and improbable investigations. We have had to prompt and probe to extract familiar essentials that in the heat of the moment your predecessors seemed to …

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