Words and musicBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.1421 (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1421
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
As a senior house officer I performed with youthful colleagues for six nights on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. According to a personal view that I wrote in 1974, it was an exhilarating but stressful experience and “one that we are keen to avoid repeating for quite some time.” Twenty three years on, we are preparing to try again.
Our first revue, though scrupulously non-medical, seemed to set a trend, and junior doctors became a familiar sight on the Fringe. The urge to perform, however, dies at registrar level. Indeed, for most doctors it ends much earlier. All candidates for medical …