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.