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[Comment] The Wakley Prize Essay 2019: getting better

08 Jun 2019

“I've got to admit it's getting better / A little better all the time”, sang Paul McCartney; “It can't get no worse” was John Lennon's rejoinder on backing vocals. Medicine, like the music of the Beatles, balances sunshine and shadows. We hear a lot about the misery of modern medicine—short-term agendas, increasing consumerism, high workloads, burnout, fragmentation, insufficient resources, too little time for patients or research. But what about the sunshine? What excites you, fires your commitment, keeps you in the profession, makes change possible, brings moments of transformation or understanding? What are the rewards, pleasures, or surprises of the practice of medicine? Let us know by writing an essay for The Lancet's annual essay competition, the Wakley Prize.

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