Strangers in the night

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1104
  1. Prasad Palimar, consultant ophthalmic surgeon
  1. Warrington Hospital

    Having qualified with a postgraduate degree in ophthalmology and after a spell as senior registrar in northern India, I moved back home to Bangalore in southern India. I decided to spend eight months with my parents while preparing for the exams to come in Britain. Needing funds for the voyage, I put up a sign at home offering my specialist services to “private” patients in the evenings. Few patients trickled in, allowing me sufficient time to catch up on my reading.

    The year was 1985, and the town was under a scare of violent burglaries and dacoities targeting remote houses. One winter night, we were …

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