Education And Debate

A MEMORABLE PATIENT

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7029.497 (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:497
  1. Bir Singh

    “The interest”

    On a windy and chilly December morning our jeep was heading towards a small village for my supervisory visit to the health centre there, attached to my primary health centre. The men and women were busy working in the wheat fields, which promised to give a good crop in a few months. Seeing me getting down from the jeep with my health supervisor, all the men abandoned their work and started running, giving us very suspicious looks. I was perplexed.

    I asked my health worker, a local man, about this. With a sheepish smile, he explained, “Sir, seeing your jeep, they must have mistaken you for the bank employees. These villagers, most of them quite rich, took out loans from the government banks on various pretexts a …

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