Bmj Usa: Filler

And the poor get children

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E211
  1. Donald W MacCorquodale, general practitioner, specialist in preventive medicine (
  1. Washington, DC.

    From BMJ USA 2003;April:230

    Even though I heard the lecture more than 57 years ago, I still remember Dr T Leon Howard's words on interstitial cystitis. In his delightful southern drawl, he began, “You've just fallen asleep, and somebody starts poking you in the back and saying, ‘Get up and go pee; get up and go pee' and that goes on all night long.”

    I remember other lectures not quite so earthily phrased: a dour pharmacologist on the convulsions of strychnine poisoning; an ill-tempered obstetrician on the mechanisms of labor; and a courtly internist on the signs and symptoms of aortic insufficiency.

    I do not remember a single mention of abortion by any member of the faculty …

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