Curiouser and curiouser

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1146
  1. Lesley Morrison, general practitioner principal
  1. Teviot Medical Practice, Hawick

    Last week we buried my father in law, David. He was 92 and had had a full life. We put him to rest in a natural woodland site, and it was a joyful day.

    His three sons each spoke beside his coffin. Curiosity was a strong theme. He had a never ending curiosity for how things worked—engines, boats, paints, clays, instruments. For about the past 20 years he had professed not to be able to see or hear, yet he skillfully made and mended clocks. Curiosity, apparently, overcame his disabilities. (Selective deafness was also a hypothesis.) He accepted what he could do and not do and went ahead …

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