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The longest day

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1238
  1. M D'Souza

    The theme of this week's Inside Story was the initiation of two house officers at University College Hospital, London. The cameras followed them into accident and emergency, admitting their first emergencies, being called to see the dying, and eating their take aways at midnight.

    The 45 minutes were a truthful portrayal of the many, sometimes overwhelming, tasks that face new doctors in the first few days of August. So much so that I was tempted to switch off, as I recalled my own naive beginnings. The programme's voiceover, “This doctor has now been working, without a break, for 52 hours” was melodramatic in tone, but lacked real impact. I would have preferred a clock …

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