A vital lessonBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7360.380 (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:380
- Gerald Moore, Tordown House
- Swimbridge, Devon
In the late 1940s, during the months before my final exams, an item pinned on the hospital notice board announced a lecture to be given by an eminent chest physician. He was a popular consultant, and audience places on such occasions were at a premium. I cleared my day for that event.
A packed auditorium greeted him. He began dramatically by speculating that only once in his long career could he claim to have saved a patient's life—a notion that challenged the …