The Tall Poppy Syndrome in Orthopedics: A Case Report

The Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) is a relatively well known entity in the United Kingdom and other Anglo-sphere nations except the United States. The medical field seems to be excluded from its existence, for reasons unknown, in spite of its medical appellation.

This case report describes an orthopedic doctor who has knowledge and skills his orthopedic colleagues do not possess (tall poppy) which prompts them to denigrate (cut down) him by various methods. Their motivation, often driven by envy, is to reduce the doctor’s achievement to their own status which levels the competitive field for orthopedic care in their area. This may be the first recognized description of TPS in the orthopedic literature and perhaps the medical literature.

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