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The wrong time and place

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:228
  1. Rubeta Matin (, senior house officer
  1. Southampton General Hospital, Southampton

As doctors, we are constantly faced with intense, sometimes unbearable, pressures, and we use various strategies to cope. One preferred method is sharing our experiences with colleagues. We are able to acknowledge horrendous scenarios, justify our errors, and forgive our mistakes by making a situation light hearted. Too often we forget that in the world beyond the hospital walls this can sometimes be considered callous and disrespectful.

One Saturday night I was out with some friends from medical …

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