Doctors of the future: My job in 2020BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.0k (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:k
- Adrian Conner, aged 11, is a general practitioner's son who attends Westcliff High School for Boys
Phew! What a day! How many times can you get called out in a day?
Today I was on call after seven; and you'll never guess what happened at six; I was shaving in the bathroom, tired and weary, with baggy eyes that weighed at least five tonnes, after getting home late last night, when the phone began to ring. The poor moaning woman asked for Doctor Conner. I wasn't on call until seven and on the phone was a terrified woman screaming as if there was a casualty.
So under the noise of my rioting children, smashing up my house, and screaming for breakfast, I asked her for the gruesome details.
“Oh! It's my George, my poor little George. He's come down with something horrendous, I think he might die!” …