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A Doctor’s Occupation

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 29 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2603
  1. Aidan M O’Donnell, consultant anaesthetist, St John’s Hospital, Livingston, West Lothian

    This poignant memoir gives us a frank and emotive account of life spent in the Channel Islands under German occupation. Lewis arrived in Jersey in 1935 and became a partner in a busy general practice. Towards the outbreak of war many islanders began to leave for the mainland. Lewis was able to leave Jersey on one of the last boats, together with his pregnant wife. His partner had promised to remain to take care of their patients. On reaching his family home in Wales, Lewis received a telephone call to say that, without warning, his partner had panicked and …

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