My namesakeBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1232 (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1232
- R C Humphreys, former general practitioner
- Crickhowell, Powys
While reading in Mikhail Bulgakov's A Country Doctor's Notebook about the author's experiences of clinical situations that, as a newly qualified doctor in 1916, he was really quite unqualified to deal with, both in terms of education and experience, my mind turned to my own exposure to such problems when I was newly qualified in the 1940s. I think things are better now.
My baptism came one January night. I had done one surgical house job, and while awaiting my call up to military service, which came to us all in those days, I was filling in time as a locum for an elderly, singlehanded practitioner. Part …