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Musings on the Tall Poppy Syndrome in Medicine

Doug Garland
Doug Garland
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Musings on the Tall Poppy Syndrome in Medicine

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Excluding the United States, the Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) is well known in Anglophile nations with Australia taking the lead. The medical and psychosocial literature are meager in detailing medical TPS. Is it unrecognized or non-existent in the medical profession?

Examples of medical TPS have been identified recently in historical texts and in the presence. The most common behavior of the doctor cutter is bad envy wherein the Tall Poppy Medical Doctor (TPMD) is cut down in size because of their superior surgical skillsor intelligence. Egregious acts by a TPMD such as exaggerated outcomes or abilities, as well as hubris are causes or justification for the cutter, which may include an institution or agency, to reduce the TPMD’s stature to include their license.

Related: Tall Poppy Syndrome; Tall Poppy; Bad Envy; Near Enemy; Far Enemy


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Douglas Garland, M.D. practiced orthopedic surgery for 37 years in Southern California. Doug was also a Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Southern California.