Something to celebrateBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7198.1609 (Published 12 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1609
- Suresh Pathak, general practitioner
- Romford, Essex.
It happened over three decades ago—1963 to be precise, the year that I became a doctor. That year the Medical Council of India decreed that six months of internship were to be completed before the one year as a house officer, a total of 18 months of preregistration jobs. My first was on a surgical unit.
A friend and I decided to celebrate passing our qualification by cooking a special meal in the doctors' canteen, and by contributing equally to a quarter bottle of rum, priced six rupees, which was all we could afford. My ward duties were from 7 00 am to midday and 5 30 to 7 00 pm. I arrived at the ward for …