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BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:263
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

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 …

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