The last examiner

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1770
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

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    Hong Kong University's steeply sloping campus is crammed with buildings and ingeniously engineered roads. Its guest house has trees, a fishpond, and distant harbour views, and the shirtsleeved visitors come mainly from China or North America. One, with white beard and shorts, might have come from a Tintin book. As for me, I wore my college bow tie and jetlagged suit, as befits a British external examiner.

    The final MBBS examination in obstetrics and gynaecology was 49 days before handover, according to the countdown in the local paper. The students would be the first to graduate under Chinese rule. Hong Kong is …

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