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Fillers An incident which changed my medical life

Something to celebrate

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 12 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1609
  1. Suresh Pathak, general practitioner
  1. 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 …

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