Dental decayBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6936.1107 (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1107
- C Douglas
In the postimperial navy of the '70s showing the flag was hard work. In a bad week there could be as many as half a dozen cocktail parties. We had survived a very bad week in the Gulf and were anchored off a rocky island in the Strait of Hormuz for no other reason than that everyone needed a rest. It was a deserted place of lifeless searing heat, shimmering cliffs, and hazy horizons: worth a sightseeing stroll round the upper deck but soon forgotten amid the air conditioned comfort of a brand new Leander class frigate.
The only patient that day of rest was not a member of the ship's company. Three skinny, sun blackened men, one much older than the others, …