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Ken Urquhart is the retired co-founder of Thistle Vets, Edinburgh and past clinical editor of In Practice.
‘Success or failure sometimes arises neither from great skill nor from great incompetence but from … fortuitous circumstances’.
This quote comes from Leonard Mlodinov’s book ‘The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives’. In the book, Mlodinov cited a case of the 16th century Italian student – Gerolamo Cardano. Unfortunately, upon graduation, Cardano’s medical registration body refused to admit him because, as a precocious undergraduate, he had written a paper titled ‘On the Differing Opinions of Physicians’, an article that questioned the fallibility of established doctors.
Criticising the elite of any club, while on the waiting list to enter it, is never conducive to gaining membership and Cardano was black-balled or ‘Cardanoed’.
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