Should I give up medicine?
- By: Jessie Colquhoun
“Should I give up medicine?” was our most viewed (and hopefully read) article this month on student.bmj.com, with 2026 page views (doi:10.1136/sbmj.b2174). The thought has probably crossed every medical student’s mind at some point, but I was still rather surprised. Despite its title, the first piece of advice in this article is to finish your degree, and the second is to try to find a specialty to suit you. Don’t give up on medicine just yet.
Is obsessive-compulsive disorder a condition of the medical profession? This idea seems to be part of medical folk law. Is it because we are in a setting that requires us to be meticulous? Is it a setting that makes us more prone to being anxious? I asked the author of “Obsessive-compulsive disorder,” who has had the condition, to find out if it is more common in doctors and medical students than the rest of