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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1541
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Join us. And celebrate. You deserve it. You've worked hard, you've passed, and you've got a lot to be proud of. So bring your mum and dad if you want. And your wife or your husband and your kids too if you've got any. There's a bit of a ceremony, an informal supper, and a big welcome for all our new members and their families. Be great to see you all.

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    I've no idea of the exact phrasing on the invitations that went out from our royal and ancient college, but in essence it must have been something like that. The place is crowded, festive, and noisy. Three hundred people, …

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