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Lawrence Of Arabia & Physician Turf Wars

I was watching Lawrence of Arabia tonight while I caught up on some of my online reading.

While I was reading a quote from a plastic surgeon that condecendingly belittled cosmetic treatments perfomed by physicians who were not 'board certified' plastic surgeons. I find this argument to be entirely self-serving.

I was struck by a parallel from Lawrence of Arabia where Lawrence (Peter O'toole) says:

blockquote.gifSo long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people.

The turf wars that are common to medicine are pedantic and petty for the most part and docs know it.

Reader Comments (1)

Ha. There's a nail that's been hit on the head. My local TV station had a plastic on for an interview that actually claimed that Botox should only be administered by board certified plastic surgeons, as though surgery had anything to do with Botox injections. Having treated 50 patients a month for the last 5 years, I'm pretty sure that the plastic down the road doing 25 isn't any better at it.
03.26 | Unregistered CommenterL. Mind MD

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