The art of medicine cannot be inherited, nor can it be copied from books…. – Paracelsus
Some readers aspiring to become doctors, aka medical students, asked if I had any tips, so this is an appropriate one to start with. Yes, to become a good doctor does not mean cramming in the library all the time. It is a profession dealing with unwell people, and above all, it has all to do with communicating with a fellow human being. And this is best done when you’re in the field, in this case, by the bedside.
Never forget that it is not a pneumonia, but a pneumonic man who is your patient, to borrow the words of William Gull.