Two doctors who changed my practice: We can all try that little bit harder

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:h
  1. James Francombe, surgical registrar
  1. Liverpool

    It had been a long night, the first stage of labour had been difficult, the second stage seemed somehow worse. As quickly as the epidural had taken its effect it started to ebb. My wife had reached the end of her tether. In view of the fact we were both doctors the senior registrar was called.

    Minutes later I heard footsteps down the corridor. He knocked on the door and paused momentarily before entering. Despite the early hours of the morning he was clean shaven and looked extremely presentable; he introduced himself with a smile and calmly told us what he was going to do. He told us not to worry, that everything was going to be all right. There …

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