Views & Reviews From the Frontline

A sign of the time

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1335
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    One of my friends in general practice has that rarest of gifts, interesting opinions. He has a challenging suggestion: that top medical students intercalate a year in a trade college studying plumbing or joinery, rather than spending time on the metabolism of protactinium in osteopenic pygmy guinea pigs in a science degree. His reasons are twofold: firstly, the medical hoi polloi would be spared the pulled faces of academic supremacy; secondly, we could defend the profession from the common jibe that we are “bright but can’t change …

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