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Lord Reith and I

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1599
  1. Colin Douglas, novelist and doctor
  1. Edinburgh

    He was bigger even than I expected, well over six feet though then almost 80: a vast crag of a man, slow moving but upright, the famous shrapnel scar in his left cheek still deep after more than 50 years.

    The occasion was one peculiar to the ancient Scottish universities: a rectorial installation. Malcolm Muggeridge had been our candidate. The founding father of the British Broadcasting Corporation was his guest. And—probably because I was a medical student and might therefore know what to do if he died—I had been detailed to …

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