Views & Reviews From the Frontline

From the outside in

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1957
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Distracted by the old black and white photos of my family on the walls, I was struggling to concentrate. The compulsory online module on “ethnicity and diversity” was difficult, for the questions seemed so obvious that they must be a trick. My grandfather, born in Berlin to a South African father and a Latvian mother, smiled down at me. My grandmother’s expression conveyed her ever reproachful “get on with your work”—she was born into a military family in what is now Pakistan. But the war changed everything for them; my …

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