Medical education is based on a master-and-apprentice model, assuming an eager, interested apprentice, and an experienced, intelligent and thoughtful master. Enter Professor John Murtagh, doyen of Australian general practice. First published in 1991, this is the fifth edition of Practice tips; he’s been master of many apprentices. Reading his guide to palpation of the cervical spinous processes, I think I can hear him teaching the person who taught the person who taught me.
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