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The demise of cultured doctors is bad for everyone

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3649 (Published 22 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3649

Squeezing a Quart into a pint pot

A broader education or cultivation requires a broad and fertile mind.
Could it be that there is a general societal decline in intellectual
curiosity and a lack of burning desire to broaden one's knowledge horizon?
You cannot squeeze a quart in to a pint pot.

Or could it be that, in the past, cultured minds found it easier to
enter medical profession; If so, then the current structured training
schemes are likely to hinder philosophical minds but foster tick box
monsters.

But more to the point, particularly from the consumer point of view,
do free range eggs really taste better than battery farmed eggs i.e. do
cultured doctors practice better medicine.

Competing interests: Can't sing, can't dance, can't speak French, never had south of France holidays; Is opera a good web browser?

15 September 2011
S Sundar
Consultant Oncologist
Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust