Some experience necessary

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:687
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    The current generation of new medical graduates is the first in a thousand years to have emerged without the benefits of a compulsory classical education. Some of the Old Guard are visibly concerned about the risk to the public from clinicians who neither know nor care that the plural of “speculum” is “specula” not “speculae,” and that of “curriculum vitae” is “curricula vitae” not “curriculae vitas.”

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    You might think that no doctor would ever need to possess more than one of either. Sadly, while that is probably still true of specula, it is no longer true of curricula vitae. Most …

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