Rammya Mathew: Why are doctors so unhappy?BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m100 (Published 14 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m100
- Rammya Mathew, GP
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I’ve always been curious as to why so few doctors recommend a career in medicine. Not only do they not recommend it but some actively discourage it.1 This will no doubt come as a surprise to those outside medicine who perceive it as a highly sought-after and prestigious professional career. So, what is it that makes us deter our friends and family from following in our footsteps?
Researching this question led me to a 2001 editorial published in The BMJ by Richard Smith, editor at the …