Professional discretion, courtesy and plain good manners: an anecdotal and personal view

Jane L Nuttall
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb00058.x
Published online: 5 December 2005

A radiologist presents examples of discourtesy between doctors and suggests a return to good manners and professionalism

In 2004, I presented a poster of my musings on my professional experiences as a radiologist at the hands of medical colleagues. While I felt very strongly about its contents, I thought it would provide a little amusement among the scientific works at the meeting of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. To my amazement, it struck a chord with many delegates — obviously, I was not alone in seething about discourtesy, which seemed rife, between professional colleagues.

  • Jane L Nuttall

  • Perth, WA.



Many thanks to my colleagues, both radiological and non-radiological, who encouraged me to turn my poster into this essay, and to the unwitting, anonymous contributors!

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