Monday, 13 September 2010

I'm fashionable at last!!

Its taken a while but culture has finally caught up with me. I'm not good at reading the weekend fashion pages but according to my daughters I am 'right there'. So take a look at the brogues...

They are a thing of beauty and I gather they are all the rage. I will have to confess however that I have owned this pair (I do have the left one as well) since July 22nd 1978! I bought them whilst Liz and I were on our honeymoon in the Lake District and they came from a shop in Penrith. I was told that if I looked after them that they would last me a lifetime. It was a little unnerving to be told this when I was 24 hears old!

So now they are fashionable, previously they were just a little quirky, old-manish and just plain expensive. But I must have seen their potential when I bough them!

When it comes to practising medicine there is still much to be said for the 'old ways' and for not despising teachers from the past. What they said then might have great benefit for the practice of medicine now. Take theses words of Sir Robert Hutchinson from the BMJ in 1928,
Don'ts for diagnosticians
1. Don't be too clever
2. Don't diagnose rarities
3. Don't be in a hurry
4. Don't mistake a label for a diagnosis
5. Don't be too cock sure
6. Don't hesitate to revise your diagnosis from time to time in a chronic case. 
To fail to value the past is what C S Lewis describes as 'chronological snobbery' and I guess we all fall for it at times.



Post a Comment

The Long Walk

It's always a bit chancy to give someone a book. A little like recommending a restaurant. Will others like it? Will the service be as go...