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Wisdom: What is it? (part 4)

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: DR JAMES С HAWORTH Born in England in 1923, Dr James C Haworth studied medicine at the University of Birmingham (Birmingham, United Kingdom) and held postgraduate posts in internal medicine and paediatrics at the General and Children’s Hospitals in that city. After two years serving in the Royal Navy, he underwent further paediatric […]


Wisdom: What is it? (part 3)

Difficult colleagues A fellow paediatrician once or twice said to me in private something like: “I don’t like Dr. So and So. I can’t work well with him”. The first question to ask is what does he mean by “like”? Does he mean that he doesn’t like the way he dresses, or does his hair, […]

Wisdom: What is it? (part 2)

Difficult patients Teenagers aside, I have always felt that children who cry and scream, throw themselves around and have tantrums in the office do so because of poor technique on the physician’s part. I used to teach students that when dealing with a small child (aged, say, between nine and 36 months), I would appear […]


Wisdom: What is it? (part 1)

The request to write an essay on ‘wisdom’ that could be passed on from an old and retired paediatrician, such as myself, to a young and aspiring trainee in paediatrics just starting out, led me to ask myself what wisdom really is.The dictionary defines the word as “knowledge and experience”, “accumulated learning” and “good sense”. […]