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Letters Is being a doctor a vocation?

Doctors’ vocation: justifying the sacrifices expected of healthcare workers

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 31 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1267
  1. Sati Heer-Stavert, general practitioner
  1. Birmingham B13 0SJ, UK
  1. heerstavert{at}

Kar asks whether being a doctor is a vocation.1 Use of the word vocation seems to have declined over the past few decades, having reached a peak in the interwar period.2 This is especially interesting when you consider that Raymond Tallis told …

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