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Pathologists are people too

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b328

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 unquestionably the best teachers I encountered in my
medical education. They correlated the basic sciences with clinical medicine
taught me to actively question, think, and analyze, rather than passively accept,
believe, and memorize. Although my internship ended many years ago, and I
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:
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04 February 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA