EpitaphBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1113 (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1113
- Quentin Shaw, GP principal, Stirchley Medical Practice, Telford
In September 1975 I was about to go to medical school. That this might eventually lead to becoming a doctor was not a pressing thought: my whole horizon was filled with the excitement of going to university. I had little conception of what it would be like to have a career in medicine. The only doctor I knew was our family general practitioner, and my ideas about what doctors did were based on fictional representations such as Doctor in the House films.
Visiting Winchester, I happened into the tiny church of St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, where a memorial plaque caught my attention. Having …