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Lessons for doctors from Jewish philosophy

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7536.311 (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:311

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Don't despair

Dear Naomi,
I think you are missing a point, perhaps. Of course you are fed up having
to learn the nitty gritty, but learning the nitty gritty is what being a
doctor is all about. Anybody can be spiritual and caring, but only a
doctor can be a good doctor if he or she has the knowledge.
Taxi drivers in London have a reputation of being the best in the world
because they still have to spend literally years driving around London on
little motorbikes learning the "knowledge". It would not matter how
charming they were or friendly if they could not get you from A to B.
You must learn yours.
The problem it seems to me is that some doctors imagine that knowledge is
all you need to be a good doctor. Not you!
The art and spirit of medicine will come; Dr Ipp will make sure of it.

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04 February 2006
James A Cave
GP
West Berkshire RG20 8UY