As long as humanity has been reproducing written works, people have done their best not to make mistakes. For example, Jewish scribes took this pretty seriously and would destroy copies of scriptures and start over again if they made even the tiniest mistakes in recopying. I have always known that there is no perfect publication, but since this was my first year doing the annual ACMS membership directory I wanted to take my best shot at it.
But alas – even our directory has its errors. With apologies, here are some of the most egregious that I know of so far:
But I think this is an occupational hazard that we should to work to mitigate. For one, it is good to admit you are not perfect and even to let others see this too. I remember asking my former boss this question early on: “When you say you ‘practice medicine’ does that mean like I would say 'I practice an instrument'?” And he said yes, that the practice of medicine is both a science and an art, just like bookkeeping, engineering, and law. Mistakes do happen, you learn from them, and you learn to move on – even though they may have had serious implications.
So can I encourage all of you perfectionistic, high achieving students of the body to take it easy on yourself when you find out you made a mistake. Taking off your persona of perfection truly takes courage, but it allows you to be as human as those that you care for. And that’s good for your own health and life too.