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Paul Marks: Last of the doctor-only coroners

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5824

Kudos to Pathologists

As an intern, I rotated through anatomic pathology and performed autopsies under the supervision of senior pathologists. Although my graduating medical school class was 90% male, with no non-whites, these pathologists were a surprisingly and delightfully diverse and avant-garde group of physicians who enriched my understanding of life. They were kind, helpful, knowledgeable, philosophical, and the best teachers in medical school. They correlated the basic sciences with clinical medicine and taught me to actively question, think, and analyze, rather than passively accept, believe, and memorize. Although my internship ended many years ago, and I did not become a pathologist, I still have fond and appreciative memories of these pathologists. Each one was a gem, and it was a privilege to know them.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 November 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA