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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1267
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    The handshake is unusual, now perhaps even more so: the Dupuytren's contracture he has had forever is worse. Even 20 years ago it was striking, but never got in the way of his legendary operating skills. Uncomplainingly, and effectively having only the thumbs and first two fingers of each hand to work with, he achieved near miracles and made them look easy.

    As a teacher and then colleague he was revered. As a family, we owe him much. …

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