Fillers A memorable patient

And a memorable day

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:833
  1. Bryan Scaife, retired family doctor
  1. Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees

    It was January 1956 and the day on which I was to undertake the final part of “Conjoint surgery, clinical and viva.” I presented myself at Queen's Square and was conducted into the examination hall to meet my “long case.” He was a cheerful Cockney who, I realised, was no stranger to Queen's Square. With the minimum of fuss, he told me his history and his diagnosis: “It was a TB hip, doc.” Only a couple of weeks previously I had examined such a case in the outpatients clinic.

    I completed the …

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