General practitioners have always been the A-Team

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7080.608b (Published 22 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:608
  1. Alaister Nimmo, Retired general practitionera
  1. a 2A Dovedale Road, London SE22 0NF

    Editor-I was interested in, but surprised by, Liam Farrell's comment that “general practitioners are the A-Team now.”1 Surely they always have been.

    I well remember my general practitioner father, as long ago as 1924, being called out of his morning surgery to stop a dog fight. Then, later the same day, he got an urgent call to a convent, where he was taken into the tall Victorian conservatory. On looking up he observed a pair of black stockings and knickers covering some legs sticking down between two of the wooden slats. Viewed from above, there was a perfectly ordinary nun, but, unusually, she was sitting in the middle of a conservatory. She had been cleaning the second storey windows, had slipped, and had been saved from falling further by her voluminous dress. My father sent for the fire brigade to release her; fortunately, examination showed no injury.


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