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Contemplations on medicine and its allure from a student intern

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Why did you choose medicine?

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“For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth”

― Plutarch

I came across this quote reading Plutarch’s essay “On listening”. Suffice to say, we as 5th year UCT medical students, are on winter vacation granting me the luxury of filling my days with excerpts from all the curiosities I have buried in the recesses of my mind that arose during the arduous semester.

At the risk of sounding trite, we are constantly bombarded with mental stimulation from media, coursework, social obligations and the mechanics of daily living. Running on autopilot, it is easy for our views of the world to simply be digested by these variables leaving us no room to formulate why…

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