Views & Reviews From the frontline

Itchy fingers

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39317.514398.59 (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1048
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    The period between school and university was spent cutting grass at £1.80 an hour, and many a university night and any brief holiday were spent working in a bar or restaurant kitchen. But now I was on a medical career break, wandering the world. I gazed over the volcanic lake in Java. It was wonderful just to do nothing. I straddled the equator, a white emulsion line painted on broken jungle tarmac, dodged orang-utan urine, and looked nervously on to Krakatoa. …

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