A father's letter to his internist sonBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6946.64 (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:64
- M G Jacoby
Last September I attended the biennial congress of the British congress of the British Society of the History of Medicine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where I graduated 50 years ago.
After my presentation an elderly lady came over to me and asked, “Dr Jacoby, were you at Monkwearmouth Hospital?” I replied that I was and she said, “You treated me for diphtheria.”
I immediately remembered her — my first patient on my first day as a real doctor, 1 July 1943. I had been called to the outpatient department from the house staff's quarters. I walked down the long corridor, with windows bricked up in case of bomb blasts, wearing a long white starched coat, my stethescope dangling around …