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Fillers A faded memory

My old school

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:97
  1. Om P Sharma, professor of medicine
  1. Los Angeles

    A recent visit to my old school transported me back to 1961 when in the second week of February I arrived in London to join the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a diploma student. My first meeting was with Professor Bertram of the division of medical entomology. He was instrumental in getting me an Andrew-Balfour memorial scholarship that paid for my tuition and made it possible for me to come to England.

    Never before had I met a scientist of Professor Bertram's stature. He was kind and avuncular and inquired about my voyage, my boarding arrangements, and if I liked British food. After the interview he rose from his chair, escorted me across the room to the door, opened it, and wished me luck. …

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