Views & Reviews From the frontline

About the boys and the Bs

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:452
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    The door burst open. “Midweek special,” he shouted, clutching five Star Trek videos to his chest. We pulled the curtains; it was a Wednesday “Trek-athon.” We were four boys sharing a flat and skiving lectures. Somehow Star Trek just seemed more important than the roots of the brachial plexus.

    I wanted to study consistently but I couldn't. Each term I would carefully draw up a study plan, as my mum had suggested. But eight weeks into the term it stared blankly …

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