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Life through a lens

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:939
  1. Amy Davis, editorial registrar, BMJ
  1. a.davis{at}

    Eight UK doctors have been followed by a camera crew for the past 20 years. Has anyone's life gone to plan? Amy Davis watches the latest documentary series

    Back in 1984 a BBC camera crew filmed eight medical students from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, as it was then called, in west London. In several programmes broadcast during the 1980s and three separate series screened in 1992, 1998, and 2002, viewers saw the student doctors progress through medical school to their final examinations and on to the early years of their medical career. This latest series of eight documentaries catches up with the same doctors 20 years since they were first filmed.

    Today Nick Hollings is a consultant radiologist in Truro, Cornwall. In footage from 20 years ago we see Nick as a student being interviewed about working with patients. He says, “I'm not the kind of person that gets latched onto things emotionally too tightly, when they're not for my own personal gain—which sounds dreadful but you've got to …

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