My first patient

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:483
  1. K D Stephenson, retired general practitioner
  1. Darlington

    Friday had been a busy day. I saw my name on the list of candidates who had satisfied the examiners in the final examinations. I shook hands with the dean, swore the Hippocratic oath, signed up with the Medical Defence Union, and went to a party.

    The next day I was driving in my old Austin 10 to see my parents when I noticed a man walking on the opposite side of the road suddenly fall to his knees …

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