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Multiculturalism and the NHS—the experience of a not so foreign “foreign doctor”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c96 (Published 12 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c96

What is Culture?

Culture is a mixed blessing. It can be a cocoon that protects and nurtures us,
but it can also be a cage that traps and suffocates us. The “cocoon” is a
positive
force which enables us to grow and mature so that we can face the world, but
the “cage” is a negative force which disables us and stunts our growth so that
we learn to fear and hate the world. The contrasting cocoon-cage quality of
culture stamps personality, so that each of us is a combination of positive and
negative training. And each of us must try to maximize the cocoon but
minimize
the cage, both in ourselves and others, so that we can live in peace and
harmony. This is the goal and challenge of multiculturalism, a progressive
sociopolitical philosophy of tolerance, diversity, and equality.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

15 January 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA