Soundings Soundings

A very British congress

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.220 (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:220
  1. James Owen Drife., professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Normally I am cynical about spas and large congresses. Both have something a little too artificial about them for my taste. Nevertheless, at the end of June there I was in our local watering place, wearing a name badge with a long ribbon marked “chairman,” and awaiting the arrival of a thousand obstetricians.

    Four years ago, it had seemed a good idea. The British Congress last came to Leeds in 1952, when (according to his Lancetobituary)one of my predecessors presided over it with grace and charm. That sounded fun, and anyway my colleagues and I thought that …

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