Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Clearing out

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1717
  1. James Owen Drife, retired professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    Retiring has its good side. The farewell party is fun, and the warm wishes of colleagues and patients are deeply touching. From now on, there will be no early morning hypertension as rush hour cheats whizz past me in the bus lane.

    The downside is clearing the office. It’s like an archaeological dig. The Mesolithic has letters written with golfball typewriters. Look! Here’s one from 1994, protesting against the health authority’s decision to disband a committee providing specialist advice. …

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