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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Doctors on the dole

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1392
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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    I felt something snag. I lifted up the pitchfork to find my brother’s hand attached to it. We looked at each other and both started screaming. “A scar to impress the girls,” Mum comforted, as she cleaned the hole in his hand and smeared on antiseptic cream. She seemed to know what she was doing, and I made my mind up that I was going to be a doctor. So at school I engaged my single minded male determination and spent the sixth year playing cards and smoking in the toilets. This was the …

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