Monday, January 26, 2009

On brilliance, neurologists and the company one keeps

Dr Mohammed Asha was described in many of the articles I read about him during his recent troubles as a brilliant neurologist. Call me an old pedant, but there are one or two brilliant physicians or surgeons in a generation in any specialty. It tends to take a career of 30-40 years to work out who they are.

In neurology it is probably reasonable to say that Lord Walton of Detchant, Kt, TD, MA, MD, DSc FRCP is a brilliant and distinguished neurologist and that Sir Roger Bannister , CBE, MA, MSc, DM, FRCP is certainly a distinguished neurologist.

Dr Asha qualified in 2004 in Amman, came to the UK in 2005 and was arrested in July 2007. To describe a junior doctor, probably an FY2 (and no disrespect to them, Matt and Antonia, you know who I'm talking about) as a brilliant neurologist is laughable.

What may do for Dr Asha and his medical career, at least in this country, is the company he keeps.

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