How could I have done that?BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1926 (Published 28 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b1926
- Phillip D Snashall, emeritus professor of medicine (retired), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham
In mid-1968 I was a preregistration house officer, and the United Kingdom was fearing a flu pandemic. Hong Kong flu (H3N2) had appeared at the start of the year and was ravaging South East Asia. It was predicted to reach UK shores at the end of the year. Matters moved slower then than now.
In September my 2 year old daughter developed a persistent cough. Her GP grandfather was worried about pertussis, so I swabbed her throat for analysis. About a week later, my friend in …