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Keeping in touch: A paper reunion

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:i
  1. Helen Sapper, is a retired general practitioner in London

    Medical school is a working life time away as retirement approaches. Contact with contemporaries may be tenuous and memories hazy. I went to my year's 40th reunion out of curiosity. Most there were instantly recognisable by voice, mannerism, and surprisingly by appearance too. The conversations were of illness, bereavement, and death. Surely something good must be happening to someone?

    Finding out required an accurate list of names and addresses. No group's progress through medical school is tidy—1st MB exemptions, intervening BScs, illness, and examination failure disrupt it. Class lists do not tell the whole story of who did what when. The medical school's old student directory is not updated annually.

    Cross referencing the school's list with the …

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