Missing ChristmasBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7328.57a (Published 05 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:57
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
A month ago the chaplain's secretary phoned. Would I read a lesson on Christmas morning? Normally I agree and wait to see if I am the warm up man with Isaiah chapter 9, or top of the bill with Luke chapter 2. This time I stammered an apology. After an unbroken run since 1971 I would not—barring accidents—be in hospital this Christmas.
Nor would most of my colleagues. In our consultants' dining room there would …