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John Neilson

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:857
  1. David Clow,
  2. Emma Clow,
  3. Laura Clow

    John Neilson made a unique contribution to James Robertson Justice's memorable portrayal of the “irascible sawbones” Sir Lancelot Sprat in the “Doctor” comedy films. Back in the 1950s, Neilson received a phone call from a colleague in Dumfries, telling him he had a weekend guest, an actor, who was likely to play a doctor in the near future. He wanted to meet a surgeon to discuss his work routine, and if possible, see inside an operating theatre. Neilson happily obliged. Robertson Justice later …

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