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BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 25 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6647

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My Doctor's Bag

Like all medical school graduates, I received a free monogrammed doctor's bag from Big Pharma. In time, my bag wore out, and I gave it to my father to hold his tools.

As a machinist, carpenter, and home gardener, my father made good use of my bag. It was great to see him use it.

Although my father never went to college and didn’t understand medicine, he did understand that our body is a machine that needs nutritious, homegrown fruits and vegetables.

It took me many years of study and practice to understand what my father intuitively understood. I wish that my medical education had courses from practical-minded, plain-spoken, earthy people like my father.

Let's learn to value our blue-collar brethren, because they have much to offer those of us with more knowledge than common sense.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 November 2019
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA