Tales from retirement: A senior's lecture tour

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:i
  1. E J M Campbell, emeritus professor of medicine
  1. McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

    Like others in academic medicine I have been to many places as a visiting lecturer. Latterly, however, I found these visits were unsatisfactory on two counts. Firstly, the places I visited tended to be rather privileged. Secondly, the visits were too short to have much impact. Since retirement I have made several visits designed to lessen these disadvantages. I would like to encourage other retired doctors to try similar ventures.

    As a general rule I have avoided very rich and very poor countries because for different, but obvious, reasons they don't need me. I prefer a middle income country; one in which they may have the books and some equipment but lack experience and perspective. And, …

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