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Reserve may be just another word for cowardice

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1089
  1. R G Choa, Retired consultant urologist
  1. Nuffield Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8BG

    EDITOR—I was appointed as the second urologist in Plymouth at the age of 36. When I was 38 I became ill, and Parkinson's disease was diagnosed.

    I carried on working for nearly three years and kept my diagnosis a secret from everyone except my fellow urologist and some close friends, because I thought I would have no credibility as a surgeon if it were made public. Apart from thinking, somewhat altruistically, that I would be able to continue to be of some help to my patients, I also thought that as long as I was able to maintain my standards I did not need to …

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