Soundings

Valedictory lecture

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7142.1466 (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1466
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

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    The second world war flattened most of Nijmegen, but spared some of St Steven's Kerk, a fifteenth century gothic building in the town centre overlooking a branch of the Rhine. When I was in the restored church last month people were uncertain about whether it is Catholic or Protestant and seemed to wonder why I was asking. Not for the first time I thought we can learn from the Dutch.

    It was a Friday afternoon and the bells were ringing to announce a public lecture. A local professor was retiring and several foreigners had been invited to join the procession. …

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