Friday, 27 June 2008

A letter to a friend

In this briefing, I describe my thoughts about my change of career to an old neuroscience friend in America.

'I remember our times together in the neuroscience field very fondly. It was great! However, as you know, the time came when I felt I was not doing what I wanted to do – help people. Despite what I had achieved, and the great talk I could give on addiction and the brain, I felt that my work – and that of most other neuroscientists – was not actually helping people overcome substance use problems. I certainly made the right decision to leave neuroscience! I’m now in a fascinating field and I know that I am doing something that will contribute to helping people, albeit indirectly.'

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