An influential doctor: Doctors should be walking question marks

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:j
  1. Ian D Conacher, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Newcastle upon Tyne

    He is dead now. He looked close to it the few times I saw him 30 years ago. A small, wizened man, rendered kyphotic with age. Besuited, but dapper and with spit and polish black shoes, overlarge for his diminutive frame, he conducted his ward rounds slowly and methodically. He was a consultant in a small hospital, and there was just him, the ward sister, a houseman, and me, the medical student. And yet if I had to put …

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