Memoirs please

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1304
  1. Ruth Richardson,
  2. Brian Hurwitz
  1. The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.

    Some years ago we wrote an article for the BMJ about the life and work of Joseph Rogers, a Victorian medical man.1 Rogers is one of only a few 19th century doctors who left a good personal record of his working life.2 We believe that 20th century doctors should be doing the same.

    Rogers opens his book with a physical description of the building in which he spent most of his working life. Its layout helped him to organise his thoughts. His book takes the reader in through the main door, into the hall, describing the smells and the atmosphere of the …

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