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A father's letter to his internist son

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:64
  1. M G Jacoby

    Dear Dave,

    Last September I attended the biennial congress of the British congress of the British Society of the History of Medicine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where I graduated 50 years ago.

    After my presentation an elderly lady came over to me and asked, “Dr Jacoby, were you at Monkwearmouth Hospital?” I replied that I was and she said, “You treated me for diphtheria.”

    I immediately remembered her — my first patient on my first day as a real doctor, 1 July 1943. I had been called to the outpatient department from the house staff's quarters. I walked down the long corridor, with windows bricked up in case of bomb blasts, wearing a long white starched coat, my stethescope dangling around …

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