Personality and performance during a medical degree

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.986/b (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:986

Selecting for extreme personality types is perilous

  1. Woody Caan, professor of public health (a.w.caan@apu.ac.uk)
  1. Department of Public and Family Health, Anglia Polytechnic University, Chelmsford CM1 1LL
  2. 108 Newfoundland Road, Heath, Cardiff CF14 3LD

    EDITOR—Pit bull terriers and other hard to accommodate fighting dogs can be bred selectively in a remarkably few generations. Across the diversity of human individual differences, neither early evolution nor the social norms of civilisation favoured the selection of many people with extreme personality types. The study of Ferguson et al on admissions to medical school found that the dimension of personality labelled …

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