Eavesdropping on the great and the goodBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7246.1390 (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1390
- Jeremy Hugh Baron, honorary professorial lecturer
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
In the middle of the last century London dinner parties were often formal. Ladies wore long dresses, and the gentlemen in dinner jackets and black ties conversed alternately to the lady on their left and the lady on their right as course followed course, each with its own wine. After dessert all rose as the hostess led the women out to the drawing room for coffee and chocolates; the men moved up the table towards their host for coffee, cigars, brandy, or …
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