The importance of friendship

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1221
  1. Catherine Grebenik, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Oxford

    She was my oldest friend, my first real friend. We met aged 3 1/2 at nursery school. I remember that I had a tail made of string and we played a game of cats and mice. We lived less than a mile apart, went to the same schools, and for the next nine years or so we were best friends. Most of our time was spent together, both in school and out. Then my family moved house and although we kept in touch we did not see each other often.

    We went to different medical schools and …

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