Medical student madness
Phil Brooks owns up to the peculiar character traits he has developed as a medical student
- By: Phil Brooks
Medicine is guilty of turning people into obsessive-compulsives. I find myself watching television dramas such as ER, which is quite realistic, Casualty, which is reasonably realistic, and Chicago Hope, where realism is not really on the agenda, and picking the respective episodes to pieces in a compulsive fashion. I point out, much to the annoyance of my three non-medical housemates, every tiny error. If the stethoscope is inserted into the ear canal the wrong way Sarah, Kate, and Catherine have to know about it. Their lives may depend on it! I often wonder if this obsessionality can be found in other professions. Do nurses sit of an evening in front of Peak Practice and curse the district nurse as she incorrectly bandages a leg ulcer? Do publicans and barmaids wince as the EastEnders' cockney charmer, Barbara Windsor, pulls a cloudy pint of bitter behind the bar in the Old Vic?