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Soundings Soundings

And how is sir today?

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:589
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    A long time ago, when I was a lean young surgeon lieutenant drifting agreeably on locum duties through a series of naval ships and establishments, the calm of the sickbay would be ruffled from time to time by the arrival of a patient of the lofty rank of commander or captain. In one naval air station I learnt to my surprise that even admirals got ill sometimes.

    In sickbays these great beasts of the naval jungle (so to …

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