A patient who changed our lives: It all began with a small lumpBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7083.0j (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:j
- Valerie Graves
- is a retired general practitioner in Lexden, Essex
In the early 1950s my husband and I, not long qualified, were working in a rural Essex practice. Our education at the end of the war had been scamped and included little on infectious diseases. Such postgraduate teaching as we had was entirely in teaching hospitals and had little relevance.
Late one Saturday night a young farmer came to the door: a Scotsman whose family had migrated to East Anglia in the depressed 1930s. He had little time for doctors, but had this nasty thing …