Can 'professional' doctors swear?

Students feel straightjacketed by the focus their universities put on medical “professionalism”, which they say is far removed from the real world where "good doctors" may swear, an Australian study reports.

Focus groups with 50 senior medical students on placements across WA reported the students associated the word "professionalism" with dressing appropriately, speaking detachedly with patients and obeying a code of practice.

In contrast,