An experience that shaped my career: My first diagnosis

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:f
  1. James Horsfall, retired consultant radiologist
  1. Liverpool

    At the time of my 10th birthday in November 1933 my mother was “unwell.” Of course I did not fully appreciate this. She was not confined to bed and was going about her day apparently normally, although under the care of her general practitioner. One night in February 1934 my father went to visit his brother who lived four miles away. There was no reason why he should stay at home with us.

    About 9 15 pm I was getting into bed and my mother was just outside my bedroom. Suddenly I heard her say “I do feel ill.” …

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