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Physician, humble thyself

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4218 (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4218

Pride goeth before a fall (Proverbs 16)

Success is intoxicating. It can mislead us into reveries of pride, privilege, perks, petulance, and grandiosity. Sadly, this sometimes happens with physicians, attorneys, and public officials, who serve the public and should know better. How can this be prevented or corrected? Continuing medical and legal education should promote humility and gratitude by requiring some pro bono work for the disadvantaged in prisons, orphanages, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. It is wise to remember that titles are not entitlements.

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19 October 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA