Going through the change
- By: Séamus Phillips
The crucial sticking point for evolutionary scientists is the so called missing link. They know about the knuckle-dragging ape who was homo habilis, uncouth and hairy. They also know about sophisticated, fragrant homo erectus, able to choose curtains and make polite conversation over Mesolithic crudités. But what came in between? How did man make the transition to two legs?
Similarly, how did the bungling, bright eyed, lazy medical student became the competent, cynical, overworked house officer? Was it a sudden transition, or a slow creeping change?
So in August I began my investigations. I studied the new batch of preregistration house officers in great detail. I tracked them by day and by night in their natural habitat. By learning a few words of their language I engaged tentatively with this rarely seen and fascinating species. Getting drunk with them helped as well of course.
Baseline measurements on 4 August revealed