Out of hours coverBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7485.263-a (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:263
- Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
A long time ago, I sailed three or four of the seven seas in good company. Motives were mixed. I was a reservist and discontent with the NHS, the Royal Navy needed medical officers, and I needed time to write a novel. So I rang up a senior naval figure, the appointer, and asked for a ship going somewhere warm and coming back in time for the Edinburgh Festival.
He rang back minutes later, asking when the Edinburgh …