Lessons from history: Be cautious when choosing your specialty

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:j
  1. Gerald McGreal, lecturer in surgery,
  2. Wallace David, registrar in ophthamology
  1. Dublin

    “Men die of the diseases which they have studied most … it's as if the morbid condition was an evil creature which, when it found itself closely hunted, flew at the throat of its pursuer.” 1 This warning introduces a tale by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (ophthalmologist, historian, creator of Sherlock Holmes), wherein the fate of a neurologist, named Walker, is described. He developed locomotor ataxia, the early signs of which he noticed during a lecture on the said malady. Later, Doyle tells us …

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