Innocence revisited

Innocence revisited – 25

Innocence revisited

Innocence revisited – 25

John Scott

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Abstract

This month Professor Sir John Scott reflects on hishandling of a surprise accusation.

Article Extract

From early adolescence onwards I always admired and envied contemporaries (usually boys) who could remember every joke they had ever been told, and who were experts in rapid-fire repartee. Judicious exhibition of such skills can be useful from time to time in clinical practice, although overuse should be discouraged. In the wider world and the jungle of medical politics, the advantages accruing to the possessor of these talents are obvious.

My genetic background and formative environmental experiences failed to provide me with these social skills. Fortunately, my professional career took place in quieter, less competitive, and certainly less defensive-medicine-influenced times. How would or should the average young doctor react today to the situation in which I found myself 42 years ago?