Soundings

The secret diary of James Drife, aged 48 1/4

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7026.317a (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:317
  1. James Owen Drife

    January 1—Gosh. The first day of my 25th year in the NHS!

    Today is a holiday so I watched a film called Reach for the Sky on TV. The best bit was when Kenneth More took over a demoralised unit and telegraphed Whitehall: THIS SQUADRON IS NOT OPERATIONAL, REPEAT NOT OPERATIONAL. The “brass hats” were angry but they gave him equipment. Then his men admired him and became moralised again.

    January 2—Today 18 old ladies were sent to our ward from the medical unit. There are no beds on their proper ward. This is nostalgic. When I was a houseman in …

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