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Fillers A memorable patient

My first case

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1477
  1. Caleb W Davies, retired consultant in public health
  1. Holyport, Maidenhead

    They didn't have preregistration house officers in my day. You passed your finals, got yourself registered, and looked for a job. Straight in at the deep end. Which was how I came to be sitting in the medical residents' lounge of a north London hospital late in February 1940. It was Sunday night, and I was due to start work next morning as junior house surgeon to the outpatients and casualty departments. We had just finished dinner when Casualty rang up for a doctor. My predecessor was packing, and the other two, more senior residents were about to go out, so I offered to go down.

    I was met by the night sister and a police sergeant with his attendant constable. …

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