Reply from Author: Missing the Forest for the Trees



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    We thank Dr Ong Siew Chey for his sincere comments. He opines that professional behaviour is a reflection of an innate character trait, that behaviour is shaped early and is difficult to modify later, and that there are 3 ways of making doctors conform to professional norms. We would like to reframe the issue as this traditional view oversimplifies and limits the appreciation of the complex problem of professionalism.

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