Prostitutes I have hadBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7725 (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7725
- Tom Young, emergency physician1
I read Professor Simpson’s autobiography before entering medical school at a time when I considered trying to follow in his footsteps.1 My copy, handed down from my father, a GP, sits in my study next to Browne and Tullet’s biography of Spilsbury, which belonged to my grandfather, also a GP.
Just browsing through my copy now, I notice that I had highlighted some passages, probably soon after starting medical school:
Contrasting himself with Spilsbury: “It is in teaching, training pupils, writing, the media and in lecture travelling that lasting repute lies”
“I think there is hardly any subject on which doctors are generally agreed”
Haigh (the acid bath murderer) “was doubly wrong. First, because the Crown has to prove murder, not produce a dead body . . . Secondly, every trace . . . had not gone, as I was able to prove”
“‘Now, I’ve had a number of prostitutes over the years,” to get the attention of medical students when lecturing to them
“It applies to us all: we need well informed opposition, proper testing of our views and an occasional grilling in court to ensure real fair-mindedness”
Describing a colleague: “He died . . . an unhappy man, I felt, who had never sought, as we all have to do, the respect and goodwill of his own colleagues”
“Coincidences are far more common in life than fiction”
“We shall all die after our last meal (but it doesn’t necessarily follow that it killed us).”
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7725
Competing interests: TY knew some of Keith Simpson’s grandchildren when he was younger.