Soundings Soundings

Mentioning the war

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7349.1343/a (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1343
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Like service doctors thrown together anywhere we chatted and joked and discovered mutual acquaintances. Routines were undemanding, almost token. Morning newspapers were enjoyed at leisure and lunch often stretched towards afternoon tea.

    The hospital was all but empty. We were its temporary staff, reservists on UK duties while our regular colleagues—as they put it—went south. We were briefed. We were ready in our fashion. We waited.

    For me it was opportune; there was a novel to revise and this …

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