Healing ancient and modernBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6960.1023a (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1023
- J Hollis-Triantafillou
“Could you just wait a minute, doctor,” said the harassed young father, slightly guiltily I thought, as he opened the door and showed me into the sitting room. The baby that I had been called to see was wailing loudly in the next room, and after a brief delay I was ushered in to see her. Besides mother and baby there were two elderly yia-yias [grandmothers] in black, one of whom was vigorously rocking the baby, who suddenly stopped crying and gave me a tentative smile.
“What a beautiful baby!” I exclaimed. There was an …