A former colleague?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:24
  1. Gordon Shepherd, senior occupational physician, Ark Occupational Health, Aberdeen (

    “I am sorry, but he does not speak English,” his wife said at the breakfast table. I had approached to ask him if we had worked together. I apologised and left our London hotel to walk to the conference on a bright and cool autumn morning. I scolded myself for being a stupid old fool (“It was 25 years ago, man”) and forgot about him for the rest of the day as academia …

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