Robert Charles Smith

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 01 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7039
  1. Kevin Chandler

Robert Charles Smith retired in 1996 after nearly 40 years’ service. As a junior he took on extra hospital jobs including paediatrics and anaesthetics at Birmingham Accident Hospital. To celebrate the end of finals exams the new doctors got up to many pranks, including transporting a piano miraculously from one hospital to another in Birmingham.

He decided against a hospital career as being too expensive for his parents and also turned down jobs in Australia. Instead he trained in Leamington as a general practitioner, offering to make visits by bicycle.

Family ties brought …

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