Older doctors should stop flogging dying horses

These comments add to a catalogue of similar admonishments from older doctors. In 2011 the New York Times carried an opinion piece by Dr K. S. Sibert, an American anaesthetist, who proudly asserted she was “a doctor and a mother of four, and had always practised medicine full-time”. 2  

Dr Sibert declared: “When I took my board exams in 1987, we [female students] were determined to work as hard as any of the men. Today, increasing numbers of doctors