Soundings Soundings

Power to the paperwork

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7255.249/a (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:249
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    The class stood in line along the edge of the swimming pool: two dozen of us, dressed in time-expired flying suits and burdened with survival gear. An instructor grinned. “Fall in,” he said. We fell in.

    Over a couple of hours of chilly, chlorine flavoured discomfort we practised a series of drills that might come in handy if one of the navy's ageing helicopters failed to make it home. Some of it I found quite taxing.

    For most of the …

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