Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

The last appraisal

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1440
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. j.o.drife{at}

    When I’m lecturing I often use the phrase “my wife, who is a GP.” The all important comma after “wife” doesn’t always come across clearly, so grammatically aware audiences are left with the impression that I have another wife who is not a GP. Or a harem of spouses in various specialties.

    This name dropping is of course a pathetic attempt to increase my credibility. It says yes, I may be an academic in an ivory tower …

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