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A memorable consultation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a986
  1. Sarah Farmer, specialist registrar in otolaryngology, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl
  1. sejfarmer{at}

    I always wanted to be a surgeon. I was once told that I didn’t have the “right personality” to succeed. I didn’t listen. Maybe I should have, maybe it was correct. For a start I’m female, and I would be the first to admit that I don’t have the “stereotypical surgical personality” … or so I thought.

    Recently, I had one of those rare days that provoke serious thought and personal reflection. My consultant was on holiday, and so I was seeing the patients in the cancer …

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