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Career Focus

Public speaking

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7435.s60 (Published 07 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:s60
  1. Nicola Sharp

“Janet, you have to help me.” Douglas Millstone rushed into the mess, tripped over the coffee table, and landed on a leftover pizza.

“Are you hurt? What's happened?” Janet helped Douglas up.

“I want you to do something for me. It's an emergency.” Douglas ran his fingers through his hair.

“Of course I will. Which ward?” Janet picked up her stethoscope.

“Not now. Tomorrow morning,” said Douglas.

“There's going to be an emergency tomorrow morning?”

“It's the new house officers.”

“But what's the emergency?”

“I have to prepare a talk for their induction.”

“So you want me to talk to them for you?”

“Thank you so much.”

“No.”

“What?”

“No, I will not do your talk for you.”

“But please.”

“Douglas, every time life gets difficult you run away.”

“Not every time.”

“Douglas, the main reason I won't go out with you again is that when the going gets tough, Douglas Millstone gets going.”

“I know when I'm not wanted.”

“There you go. Running off again.”

* * *

“What are you doing, Martha?” David Millstone appeared at the bedroom window, wearing striped pyjamas.

Martha put two bottles of whisky in the basket of her pushbike. …

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