Soundings

The war is over

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6987.1143 (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1143
  1. Colin Douglas

    The dinner in honour of our guest is an impromptu one. There is no special menu and only a very restrained presence of mess silver. And since anything other than lounge suits would certainly embarrass him, lounge suits it is. He is tall and slightly stooped, with a faint air of ascetic elation, perhaps that of a bishop on holiday. He has arrived that morning on a Ministry of Defence flight from Moscow carrying, it is said, only a plastic bag.

    In an informal way he is some kind of official visitor—his travel taken care of, accommodation arranged with a senior officer in our establishment. The background is unusual and intriguing, something between an East-West scientific link …

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