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The 57 club

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.691-a (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:691
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    I rarely feel moved to turn my birthday into a public celebration. That might have been a problem if I had been Queen, but as things are it has been easy to let my 30th, 40th, and 50th birthdays sidle past with some bubbly and a family meal. Soon my 57th will do the same.

    Fifty-seven is a special age for male doctors. With statutory retirement at 65 we are into the last eight, in Olympic phraseology.

    It is …

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