Soundings

Everything must go

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7128.400 (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:400
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

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    The grand entrance went long ago, a sacrifice to safety and the victim of a road improvement scheme. At the former side entrance a notice warns that no responsibility can be accepted for damage to cars parked within the hospital grounds. A winding road leads through wooded grounds to an obvious administration block, the only two storey building on the campus.

    In the darkness low bungalow-like wards loom out towards the trees. Only a few are lit. Once there were more than a thousand patients. Now there are scarcely a hundred. I have been asked to see two of them, in separate wards, in a sprawling, dark, …

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