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The gynaecologist in winter

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7081.685 (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:685
  1. James Owen Drife
  1. professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds

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    One of the saddest sights in the natural world at this time of year is that of little groups of bedraggled gynaecologists with nothing to do. Up and down the country these normally busy, elegant creatures have been forced to stop working until April. Ever mindful of doctors' morale, the NHS Executive has set up a working party to suggest ways of filling their time. Here are some of its recommendations:

    Teach undergraduates: Medical schools should concentrate all gynaecological teaching into semester two (formerly the “spring term”). Doctors may object that clinical teaching is impossible without patients but this outdated view …

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