Views & Reviews Medical Classics

A Very Peculiar Practice

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 01 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6791
  1. Stuart Handysides, general practitioner, Buntingford, Hertfordshire
  1. stuart_handysides{at}

A Very Peculiar Practice supplied a weekly series of televisual treats almost a quarter of a century ago, when I was training to be a general practitioner myself. Set in a practice on a university campus the series followed the progress of an idealistic young doctor (Stephen Daker).

Stephen joins the surgery of an alcoholic, psychoanalytical, cynical senior partner (Jock McCannon); a mechanistic, entrepreneurial squash player who would rather have been a surgeon (Bob Buzzard); and a smouldering bisexual (Rose Marie), who blames men for the ills of women.

The new doctor, already traumatised …

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