The Perils of Perfectionism or How to Become One’s Own Worst Enemy Print E-mail

by Dr. Claude Johnson

Let me tell you a true story... Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb was a rising star in the field of paediatric Canadian surgery. With degrees from some of the most prestigious universities, he held positions of great responsibility and was the Congenital and Paediatric Surgery Chair. One Boxing Day, after years of professional success, he committed suicide.
He was 45. Did certain aspects of Dr. Drummond-Webb's personality contribute to his death?

WE ARE LIVING IN A SOCIETY which loves and values excellence, especially in medicine. We congratulate and admire our colleagues who achieve exceptional performance. Doctors have certain personality traits which allow them to perform superior quality work, and that is how it should be.

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