Two memorable physicians

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:479
  1. Roger Gabriel, consultant physician
  1. London

    I have had the good fortune to work for and with physicians whose grasp and practice of medicine set them comfortably beyond their competent fellows. But against my two most memorable physicians, even peers are challenged in insight, analysis, and diagnosis. I worked for the first, Norman Swift Plummer, as his house physician at Charing Cross Hospital, and for the latter, Malcolm Davenport Milne, as senior registrar at Westminster Hospital.

    Plummer (1907-78) was in the top echelon of London teaching hospital physicians of his day. He was a tall, slim, grave, well dressed man, a public school product. His modest self confidence, diagnostic acumen, kindness, and advice led to …

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