Soundings

To fight the good fight

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.955a (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:955
  1. Liam Farrell

    I have some good news: our profession is still revered and respected, our authority not to be lightly flouted, nor our wishes blithely scouted.

    I was called the other night to a domestic scrap, the bait being a possible head injury. The phone message was gutteral and almost incoherent, allowing no negotiation: “You'd better come quick, Doctor, he's real bad.” In the background I could hear screams, breaking crockery, and the merry clink of bottle on skull, softened almost into music by the distance.

    The neighbourhood hasn't yet become used to the availability of a police force, so other authority figures are mandatory at these spontaneous gatherings; either ourselves or the church, or both, although only doctors …

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