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BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1369
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    In Pretoria a few weeks ago the jacaranda trees were blooming. The highway near the airport was lined with the offices of multinational companies, gleaming in the sunshine. As we reached Johannesburg the nation's health problems intruded. An advertising gantry read: “ ‘I only do skin to skin’ John (18) … ‘Wrap it or zip it’ Zena (17).”

    We were visiting the national college. In Britain, medical royal colleges are regrettably independent from one another but The Colleges …

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