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The essence remains unchanged

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:691
  1. Helen Ruth Offman, general practitioners
  1. Kupat Cholim Clallit, Bet Shemesh, Israel

    A recent Filler describing the author's childhood in a medical family prompted memories of my own. My parents had a joint practice in Kirkby, an industrial estate near Liverpool once famously described as “the septic tank of the North.” Until I was 11 years old we lived next door to the surgery, which was purpose built although rather unfit for its function.

    A row of heavy filing cabinets separated the receptionists' “office” from the waiting area: this tiny stolen space also doubled as the nurses' treatment room. My mother's room—shared …

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