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It shouldn’t happen to a vet

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 17 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4883
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Vets used to be drawn from farming stock—they usually had too many teeth, too few teeth, too much hair, too little hair, no eyebrows, only a monobrow or were too tall, too short, too fat, too thin—all in the uniform of check shirt and waxed jacket. These were the academic elite, when getting three As at A-levels was the result not of private tutors, parental appeals, or fanatical swotting but something called brains. A macho profession to every man and woman, they were academic boars not …

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