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- Alan Byron, retired locum general practitioner
- Ryde, Isle of Wight
Assembling on the surgical ward for our first ward round, we were like snowmen on parade, with freshly starched white coats and stethoscopes shyly peeping from pockets. I was to clerk a young man, take a full history, and make an examination.
As I sat at the patient's bed his fear was almost tangible. Being psychiatrically inclined, I inquired of the source of his anxiety. He told me that he had dived …