THE TEACHER WHO INFLUENCED MEBMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7041.1264 (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1264
- Anthony Abrahams
The importance of communication
It is 1956. The limousine draws up before the portico of Guy's Hospital and out steps Dr Arthur Henry Douthwaite, senior physician to Guy's Hospital, in full morning dress and bowler hat. Waiting to greet him at the top of the steps are the sister, senior registrar, junior registrar, senior house physician, assistant house physician, senior students on the firm, and junior students—one of them me.
We proceed to the ward gravely and by the time we reach …