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The Dressing Station: A Surgeons Odyssey - What for Chop Today?

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0207253 (Published 01 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:0207253
  1. Rhona MacDonald, senior editor1
  1. 1Student BMJ

Isnt it strange that even though we all go through the same medical school factory we all end up doing different things? Some of us, however, want to be more “different” than others and feel stifled at the thought of settling down to a “normal” job. The authors of these two books fall into that category.

Jonathan Kaplan seems to thrive on working outside the mainstream. He went to medical school in South Africa before training as a surgeon in Britain and going to America to teach and to do research. After he had had a research innovation “pinched,” and realising that most American students went into medicine as a business decision, he decided that this was not for him. So, despite the …

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