Flaming August

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:824
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    With our children leaving school I have taken to working through August. After two years patterns seem to be emerging. A summary may be helpful to people thinking of doing the same.

    Early in August you notice that your senior house officer has moved on. Thanks to the new partial shift system a series of unfamiliar young doctors begins to appear in your clinics. Each spends a little too much time staring at you, searching for clues to your character and mood.

    Suddenly self conscious, you decide to lose weight and start using the stairs. Your office on the top floor …

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