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- David Scarfe, general practitioner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Marston Medical Centre, Oxford
The patient was a retired professional musician in his late 60s. He smoked and drank more than was good for him and had a particular penchant for brandy. He had had a discharging sinus on his left leg from chronic osteomyelitis for as long as anybody could remember.
“I was used as a guinea pig for testing penicillin when I was young,” he told me proudly one day.
“A hazard of living in Oxford,” I joked, thinking about the many requests for recruits for scientific studies that we receive in this small, university-dominated city.