Charles Henry de Boer

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 30 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5987
  1. Frances de Boer, Richard de Boer

Charles de Boer was appointed consultant in Liverpool in 1955. He rapidly became much in demand as his reputation as an enthusiastic teacher of nurses, medical students, junior doctors and his beloved midwives and clinical excellence grew. He taught with stories, analogies and above all by example. His lectures were illustrated by his own drawings, his homemade slides, and using himself or trainees. The Fallopian tubes were the outstretched arms, the fimbriae the hands and fingers. Trainees were asked to jump up and down and then to answer the question “Why don’t your knickers fall down?” to illustrate prolapse. The bat that was found on a country lane in evening dress was drawn to illustrate the pelvic inlet. …

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