Medical school: The Middlesex gnomes

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:i
  1. D W Smith
  1. retired general practitioner, Rushden, Northamptonshire

    When I went to the Middlesex Hospital in 1948 the courtyard was a delight. Stone flagged it was shaded by tall plane trees, a pleasant oasis in which to walk or sit. In 1949 the site was vandalised, stone flags were replaced by a lawn, and some of the trees were felled. Popular theory held that those in charge were trying to disburse …

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