A friend in needBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c904 (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c904
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
He offered me a cigarette. “It’s only bloody ophthalmology; you could get the whole course on a postage stamp.” We both laughed drunkenly. But at 3 am I sat bolt upright, letting out a gasp. I leapt to my desk and opened my “pocket guide” to ophthalmology. The exam was at 9 am. This wasn’t revision, because I hadn’t ever opened the book before. Unblinking and wide eyed I poured knowledge into my hungover, …
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