A case of mistaken identity

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:145
  1. Omar Quaba, senior house officer, vascular surgery
  1. Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

    “All those who have at least one parent who is a doctor, put your hands up,” said the sociology lecturer during my first year at medical school. At least a third of the class raised a hand. I was one of them. Several years later, like my father before me, I embarked on a career in surgery. We both worked in the same district in different hospitals. On many occasions patients mistook me for my father, despite a more than 20 years' difference in age. More often I would be asked, “You don't happen to be related to Mr Quaba?” “Yes he's my father,” was the …

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