[Comment] The Wakley Prize Essay 2018: open for submissions
“Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man”, wrote Renaissance philosopher, scientist, and essayist Francis Bacon. Lancet readers might suggest a few updates to the language: “makes” for “maketh”, “person” for “man”, and “discussion” for “conference”. But Bacon’s method has stood the test of time. To be a complete physician—and a complete person—one must read, listen, and communicate. The essay, as a product of intellectual processes and personal feelings, is perhaps the best expression of Bacon’s ideal.