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Handing on the gong

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1091
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Tonight there will be a little ceremony at our local medical society. As outgoing president I am required to unfasten my medal of office (a test of dexterity, as the catch tends to creep up under the back of the collar) and hang it round the neck of my successor. What he does with it then is up to him.

    Doctors generally have little time for ceremonial or insignias. Most of us happily wore …

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