Lessons of yoreBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7332.287 (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:287
- Lucy James, senior house officer in general surgery
- Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
Recently, while working as a senior house officer in a busy emergency department and only weeks away from giving birth to my first child, I came across some of my great grandfather's university lecture notes. He studied medicine at Queen's College in Belfast and later became a general practitioner in the north of England.
The notes I discovered were beautifully handwritten in black ink with neat headings and subheadings, all bound together in a black A5 notebook. In short, the type of lecture notes my peers and I could only have dreamt of. The subject was “Midwifery,” and the first session in the lecture series on pregnancy was taken on …