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An unexpected response

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:103
  1. A Mark Clarfield, head of geriatrics (
  1. Soroka Hospital, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

    A recent BMJ article exploring the reasons for doctors to consider leaving UK medicine reminded me of a lunchtime conversation in an Edinburgh hospital cafeteria several decades ago. In 1981 my wife, then a senior medical student, and I were on a month-long study leave from our work at McGill University.

    At lunch one day with various house officers, senior registrars, and junior faculty, the conversation drifted on to the subject of what we would all do “when we grew up.” The fellow from China …

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