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Soundings Soundings

Auntie Pat

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1357
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    As a medical student you have to develop an understanding of what is common and what is rare. “Look out of the window,” our teachers would say with elaborate sarcasm. “Is that a sparrow or a lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo?”

    Knowing what was normal was especially hard in the trendy 1960s. For those of us who clung to our tweed jackets, there was the medical students' society. In Edinburgh, it had a royal charter. Enterprising predecessors had petitioned …

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