BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1142
  1. A P Joseph

    Don't blame the messenger

    Some 40 years have elapsed since the death of my landlord at university but the event is still clearly etched in my memory. I was a late acceptance for the Cambridge medical course that year and my college had difficulty in finding accommodation. Finally it succeeded in persuading one of its former landladies to reverse her decision that she would no longer take students. Accordingly, I was billeted with an elderly couple of whom the husband was by now increasingly handicapped from injuries that he suffered in the first world war. His wife considered herself to be burdened enough looking after him, but she was a good landlady. Everything changed dramatically on 1 March 1956 …

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